And thanks, Sharon, for letting me steal this offa you on Facebook.
I’m not sure Vonnegut would be entirely comfortable with the atheist label. He certainly never fit into the stereotype. He often referred to himself as a Humanist, (his “ancestral religion”), when pressed for a direct answer. And once called himself “a Christ-worshipping agnostic.” He was definitely a free thinker. A critical thinker. A genuinely unique mind. However, there can be no doubt about his disdain for hypocrisy, particularly religious hypocrisy.
The quote is above is from A Man Without A Country, a collection of essays that turned out to be his last work, that featured a markedly humanist perspective on humor, politics and American society.
In that collection, Vonnegut writes about how music, particularly jazz and blues, helped him through tough times. He wrote:
“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
The boundaries imposed by labels are inadequate when it comes to Vonnegut. One of a kind.
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