Monday, December 10, 2007

Goodbye, Blue Monday

I quoted some of this in a Veterans Day story I wrote for The Telegraph. It's from a Kurt Vonnegut book called "Breakfast of Champions." There's an alternate title, too, that isn't exactly hidden.

Humanity should just fall silent more often.*
I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one and another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.

1 comment:

kjpeters said...

Thank you for quoting Vonnegut today. He is someone to be remembered on Veteran's Day... or any other day. He was an American Hero!