Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite writer. He was complex. He was supportive of science and yet disgusted by the things perpetrated in its name. He was contradictory; an atheist who often invoked god. He loved the arts. He was hilarious.*
Here is a quote:
“…Which brings us to the arts, whose purpose, in common with astrology, is to use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on inside. And on and on.”
(from Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons)
What do you take away from this quote? Does it minimize humans in favor of our artistic achievements? Is it even possible to make that separation?
*He also said “You understand, of course, that everything I say is horseshit.”
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