I’m now done reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “A Man Without A Country” and though I’d like to go into a full review – because of how much I enjoyed it and to test my book-review-writing skills – I’m not going to.
Instead, I’m just gonna show you my favourite part of the book in which he highlights the ridiculousness of fossil feuls and our dependence on them.
See, since I watched the Zeitgeist documentaries in 2008, I’ve been trying to get people to see the importance of clean, sustainable energy.
What Vonnegut says is so succinct that I wish I had said it (phrasing included) first – I guess that’s the same with all things one quotes, right??
Anywany, here goes:
“But I’ll tell you one thing: I once had a high that not even crack cocaine could match. That was when I got my first drivers license – look out world, here comes Kurt Vonnegut! And my car back then, a Studebaker as I recall, was powered, as are almost all means of transportaton and other machinery today, and electric power plants and furnaces, by the most abused, addictive and destructive drugs of all: fossil feuls. When you got here, even when I got here, the industrialized world was already hopelessly hooked on fossil feuls, and very soon now there won’t any left. Cold turkey.
Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isn’t the TV news is it? Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil feuls in a state of denial, And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little of what we’re hooked on”
So, I urge you to think and behave differently – check out ways in which you can power the things you use – anything you need power for – by cleaner, more sustainable (for the environment too, not just you) means.
If you don’t know how, the internet is your friend – use it accordingly.
May the light in all things be with you.