"Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people."
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said:THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal
before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter
than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was
stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the
211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing
vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
I don't think Denis Leary was even playing a character at this point, I think he just channeled his angry Irish core.Edgar Friendly said:See, according to Cocteau's plan, I'm the enemy. Cause I like to think. I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice.
I'm the kind if guy who wants to sit in a greasy spoon and think, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in a non-smoking section. I wanna run through the streets naked, with green Jello all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why?
Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal?
I've seen the future. You know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sittin' around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake singing "I'm an Oscar-Meyer Wiener." You wanna live on top, you gotta live Cocteau's way. What he wants, when he wants, how he wants.
Your other choice: come down here, maybe starve to death.
I agree with the first three sentences, but how is it "maddest of all" to see life as it is instead of how it should be? Isn't the opposite true? Aren't the most delusional and deranged people the ones who are unable or refuse to see anything other than what they think "should be"?"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"
See the full context thenI agree with the first three sentences, but how is it "maddest of all" to see life as it is instead of how it should be? Isn't the opposite true? Aren't the most delusional and deranged people the ones who are unable or refuse to see anything other than what they think "should be"?