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Or, maybe there is an answer, but no one wants to know it . . .- All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.- Why me?- That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?- Yes- Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.- It (Dresden after bombing) seemed like the end of the world . . .- We know how the world ends and it has nothing to do with Earth, except that it gets wiped out too. - Really? How does it end? - While we're experimenting with new fuels, a Tralfamadorian test pilot panics, presses the wrong button, and the whole universe disappears. - But you have to stop him. If you know this, can't you keep the pilot from pressing ... - He has always pressed it, and he always will. We have always let him, and we always will let him. The moment is structured that way. - The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "so it goes.'That's one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times and concentrate on the good ones.― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five- Supposed everyone did that?- Then I'd be a damn fool to do anything else!- Joseph Heller, Catch-22
A bullshitter this Kurt V.
Death is death no matter how you look at it... KV is a Smart bullshitter! Nothing more on this score!
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