October 12, 2012 by chriszumtobel
Because I’m in the middle of reading Slaughterhouse Five and because during the Vice Presidential debate last night, getting our troops out of Afghanistan seemed to be the only thing the two agreed on (well, almost agreed), I’ve decided it’s time to talk about why war isn’t going anywhere.
I’ll leave the explaining to Mr. Kurt Vonnegut himself. He was strongly anti-war in his writing and Slaughterhouse Five proves this to the reader page after page, but one of his most interesting passages regarding it comes during a conversation towards the beginning of the novel:
“Is it an anti-war book?”
“Yes,” I said. “I guess.”
“You know what I say to people when I hear they’re writing anti-war books?”
“No, what do you say, Harrison Starr?”
“I say. ‘Why don’t you write an anti-glacier book instead?'”
What he meant, of course, was that there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers. I believe that, too.
Vonnegut has a way with comparisons – especially weird ones that somehow totally make sense – and its hard to deny his logic. I mean there has always been war and there have always been glaciers.
But apparently, the glaciers are all melting slowly… and when they go away we’re gonna be in big trouble. We can’t live without the glaciers, and we can’t live without war either…
Here’s a rather hilarious video of Vonnegut talking about some rather serious topics and demonstrating how strong his opinions on war and mankind really are.