‘I saw that display, and I read the sign on the wall above it. I had no idea then that you were responsible for the sign.’ He was talking about the sign that said ‘THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE.’ ‘All I knew was that I didn’t want my daughter or anybody’s child to see a message that negative every time she comes into the library,’ he said. ‘And then I found out it was you who was responsible for it.’ ‘What’s so negative about it?’ I said. ‘What could be a more negative word than “futility”?’ he said. ‘ “Ignorance”, ‘ I said.
~ Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut
“There are plenty of good reasons for fighting,” I said, “but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where’s evil? It’s that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It’s that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.
“It’s that part of an imbecile,” I said, “that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly.”
~ Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.
~ Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut