I just finished this superb book by Kurt Vonnegut, which I recommend to everyone (which is no one since no one actually reads this blog but myself), and I just had to copy some quotes from his short stories here that really get me thinking:
"Our government is conducting a war on drugs, is it? Let them go after petroleum. Talk about a destructive high! You put some of this stuff in your car and you can go a hundred miles an hour, run over the neighbor's dog, and tear the atmosphere to smithereens. Hey, as long as we are stuck with being homo sapiens, why mess around? Let's wreck the whole joint. Anybody got an atomic bomb? Who doesn't have an atomic bomb nowadays?"
"Socialism is no more an evil word than Christianity. Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women and children are created equal, and shalt not starve."
"When you got here, even when I got here, the industrialized world was already hopelessly hooked on fossil fuels, and very soon now there won't be any left. Cold turkey."
"And we have contraptions like computers that cheat you out of becoming. Bill Gates says, 'Wait till you see what your computer can become.' But it's you who should be doing the becoming, not the damn fool computer. What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do."
"How beautiful it is to get up and go out and do something. We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you any different."