6 5Yes, that s right It s a 6 5 rating 5 5 seems so unfair.Kurt Vonnegut is perhaps the most under rated author of our literary history This tiny short story only 12 pages is filled with so much satire, angst and anger that one tends to forget it is sci fi Although, this is the first story where the SF aspect is so well forgotten as the story develops, that even those repelled by SF would love this.The title 2 B R 0 T B is an acronym for the eternal conflict in humanity To Be Or Not To Be RIP Shakespeare and this is exactly the theme of the story, in a world where aging is stopped, births and deaths are controlled to keep the population stagnant But the science part ends there and the trials of humans begin.Good stories are moving and sad Exceptional stories, like this one, leave us frustrated, angry and disturbed, And Vonnegut does that in exactly 12 pages Forget your aversion to SF this one s a classic. A brutally effective allegory. Amazing Books, 2BR02B By Kurt Vonnegut This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book 2BR02B, Essay By Kurt Vonnegut Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Only Kurt Vonnegut, or a very good facsimile could come up with the Federal Bureau of Termination That is a treasured institution in 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, his scathing satire on population control Humans are living to be fantastically healthy and long lived, and enjoying life on a rich, bountiful and roomy Earth thanks to some extreme measures A fun read, but like most of Vonnegut s work, one that leaves the reader thinking. I ve never been a big fan of Vonnegut, though I ve tried I had mixed feelings about this one, as well In a near future, the Earth s overpopulation problem has been solved by strict laws Aging has been cured and people can live youthfully indefinitely but the necessary corollary is that births must be limited Voluntary euthanasia is encouraged.In his trademark darkly humorous style, Vonnegut portrays this situation as grotesque and inhumane I actually disagree, so I couldn t really wholeheartedly embrace the story view spoiler It seems unlikely that in a situation where medical advances can control aging that we could not also control conception unexpected triplets about to be born just wouldn t be a situation hide spoiler A dark humor short story that offers some thinking about a utopia. In Vonnegut s fictional future they have found a cure for aging So naturally the government has to institute a program called population control Will never happen you say Maybe not finding a cure for aging, but medical advancement will certainly extend lifespan Wars, epidemics, accidents, all will curb growth Gun violence and starvation deaths will be on the increase in the future if societal trends don t change Vonnegut wasn t interested in how we get there, but how we react when we do His lack of faith in our moral compass is obvious. This is an dystopian thinker of short story that takes all of about 15 minutes to read, even if you re slow like me Writing than a couple sentences would almost surely spoil it, so I ll say almost nothing beyond this future, population control ethical suicide studios Does that peak your interest or make you cringe For me it was both. Rather mundane story of a future where population balance is all for every child born, one person has to die, now that anything but voluntary mortality is a thing of the past In my view, the reality of such a situation would be that there would always be a contentious third world and there would always be aggressive young men and there will always be an arms industry and small wars will be encouraged.I do see that medical cures and ways of extending life, perhaps or less indefinitely, might be developed, but I don t see how you are going to breed pacificsm and generosity into people Nor do I see that aggression and avarice will decline, let alone die Religion alone will see to that Come to think of it, what happens to heaven and hell when there is immortality and eternal sin will go unpunished.Utopia, like dystopia, is for writers, they exist, like heaven and hell in the imagination Reality is the unchanging nature of people I don t see that as being influenced to change completely by any technology that might be developed.Perhaps when it was written, this was cutting edge dystopian sci fi, but now it has no lustre, there is nothing in it that stands out as unique to this story I can t rate a book on how it was back then only on how much enjoyment I got from it now Three and a half stars because it was as well written as one expects of the doomy gloomy Vonnegut but that s it. So, Iuhhad a deal with spenke I was supposed to be knifing open the satsuma plum of my Vonnegut chastity belt with Breakfast of Champions But, you know, patience hasn t been coded into my DNA, let alone cultivated as one of my virtuessic.In 1999, Kurt Vonnegut was asked to write an an epitaph for the 20th century His responseI have written it The good Earth we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy 2 B R 0 2 B RIP Shakespeare is a flash fiction he wrote in 1962 Back in the good ol days of closed, equilibrium state systems, Friedman economics, white male supremacy and the little lady at home, burgeoning consumerism as the slipslide into utopia , and Duck and Cover as your friendly neighbourhood mantra in the event of a nuclear warhead coming to a cinema near you.Vonnegut extrapolated into a future and you know, he wasn t too far wrong It s not so much his vision that was imperfect, as the fact that physics had yet to pronounce to all and sundry that although the status quo is infinite and everywhere, like wave particle duality when seen from the perspective of the observer it doesn t behave independently or even with necessary predictability So what we have sixty years after Vonnegut s peek into our future is ineffective population control in the face of population growth, rather than the demand supply steady state scenario of his story, and a continuation of resource appropriation enforced via an oligopoly of corporation states, as opposed to the euphoric prosperity for all that is the corollary of that steady stateEverything was perfectly swell.There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars All diseases were conquered So was old age.Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers That s the opening scene But Vonnegut doesn t go for the global perspective, he bats the ball straight into middle class suburbia and takes out a father obliged to choose which one of his three new born offspring will survive, since only his own father has offered to partake of euthanasia in order to maintain the balanced equation.This is witnessed by the artist who is painting a garden mural think Hieronymus Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights and the ambiguity of what Bosch intended with his triptych to be populated by the likenesses of the medical staff responsible for delivering life and simultaneously extinguishing it The painter, two hundred years old, displays a callousness that indicates his contempt not just for the society in which he lives, but for the society which will follow him should he choose to commit suicideexpress ing with an obscenity his lack of concern for the tribulations of his survivors In the aftermath of the means the father uses to resolve his state imposed moral and emotional quandary, the painterponder s the mournful puzzle of life demanding to be born andfruitfulto multiply and to live as long as possibleon a very small planet that would have to last forever All the answerswere grimHe reneges on his professed disdain and schedules himself to be euthanised, and is thus eulogised by the terminating staffYour city thanks you your country thanks you your planet thanks you But the deepest thanks of all is from future generations It s not something we can expect from ours, given that we ve been too damn insular and apathetic.
Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali
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