“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” -Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Where would I be when the next New Year came, I wondered? By then, would there be war—a major war? Would Mussolini and Hitler have finished their practice in Ethiopia and Spain to turn their planes on the rest of us? Would civilization be destroyed? Would the world end?
“Not my world,” I said to myself. “My world will not end.” But worlds—entire nations and civilizations—do end. In the snowy…
Hateful is the dark-blue sky,
Vaulted o’er the dark-blue sea.
Death is the end of life; ah, why
Should life all labor be? Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast,
And in a little while our lips are dumb. Let us alone. What is it that will last?
All things are taken from us, and become
Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. Let us alone. What pleasure can we have To war with evil? Is there any peace
“Course, talkin don’t amount tuh uh hill uh beans when yuh can’t do nothin else. And listenin tuh dat kind uh talk is jus lak openin yo mouth and lettin de moon shine down yo throat. It’s a known fact…you got tuh go there tuh know there. Yo papa and yo mama and nobody else can’t tell yuh and show yuh.” -Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
This is a reminder or anything else that you need it to be in light of the Sunni extremist takeover in Iraq over the past few days. And the royal fuck up that is/was the U.S. intervention experiment. WARNING: This speech is POWERFUL.I’ve highlighted moments of beautiful phrasing. Remember Chile in 1973 and their fight for democracy.