Thursday, April 12, 2007

Long Division With Roman Numerals

“We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007

I don’t have time these days to write much here, but it would be wrong not to note the passing of a man who gave the world and its oddest creatures much thought.

“Our planet’s immune system is trying to get rid of people,” he complained, but he never gave up on humanity. He celebrated “humanism,” which he described as trying “to behave as decently, as fairly, and as honorably as we can without any expectation of rewards or punishment in an afterlife.”

“If I should ever die, God forbid,” he wrote in 2005, “I hope you will say, ‘Kurt is up in heaven now.’ That’s my favorite joke.”

Well, I guess Kurt’s up in heaven now.

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