Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Industrial Heroin

I’ve been a Kurt Vonnegut fan ever since I read Hocus Pocus back during a particularly lonely Oregon winter. In his recent article, Cold Turkey, he attacks a subject I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

Ignore the fact that his article appeared four days before mine. I tell you, I inspired him to unleash his creative might upon the problem of dwindling energy reserves. It was my lone (and future) cry in the darkness that drove him into action. Of course, he also goes off on one of my biggest gripes, Christians who think Jesus was a Republican.

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

— Kurt Vonnegut, 2004

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