When Kurt Vonnegut passed away last week, I was in the midst of traveling up the coast to Bethlehem and then New York. I wanted to reflect on it a bit, but still haven’t had the time. I do wish I had the time for proper reflection, because I remember well Vonnegut’s speech at graduation a few years ago.
I’ve always wished Vonnegut would have shared the text of his graduation speech with the world. But, things being what they are, I think this quote sums up both his attitude and one he wished more people shared:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, she says well, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a poor man. You know, why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. The moral of the story is, is weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t realize, or they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care, is weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not supposed to dance at all anymore.Ã¢â‚¬? – Kurt Vonnegut, 2005