Vonnegut on Gov’t and more

Below are a couple Kurt Vonnegut quotes that apply very nicely to our discussion we had in class about government and how it conflicts with philosophy.  These quotes apply directly to the U.S. government but they can also apply to government in its entirety.

“There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”

“If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington DC.”

Also, on another topic but still taking advantage of Kurt Vonnegut, the question of  “What makes life worth living?” was brought up in class last Tuesday.  Vonnegut loved music and felt that music was what made life bearable at the very least.  He was a great supporter of all music, but in particular, the blues.  One of his most famous quotes about music is:

“The only proof [I] need for the existence of God [is] music.”

It’s nice to get a little reassurance from somebody of the real world for all of us conservatory students.

And here’s one more just for the hell of it:

“To be is to do – Socrates

To do is to be – Sartre

Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra”

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2 Responses to Vonnegut on Gov’t and more

  1. adenbrooks says:

    One more that applies very nicely to Socrates:

    “A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut (Welcome to the Monkey House)

  2. rmcmanmo says:

    Sanity provides an interesting paradox in that an insane person will act insane. But if they want to prove they are not insane they will act normal. Thus a sign that an insane person is insane is the manipulative act of acting normal.

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