Frontier Former Editor

April 13, 2007

Whether you’re a believer, agnostic or athiest, how can you argue against this?

Filed under: be all you can be, humanism, Not-so satanic verses, philosophy, Vonnegut — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:20 pm

Kurt Vonnegut,  09-22-03, via Rain

 “Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which we have any real familiarity, which is our community.”


  1. I’m glad you liked it. Unfortunately, Canadian schools don’t assign Vonnegut so I never read him; I will correct that this weekend. But while I didn’t know his work except by reputation, I did know about Kurt Vonnegut the human being, and it is hard to do justice to the man.

    Comment by raincoaster — April 13, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  2. Hi, Sr FFE

    Q : How

    A : Quite easily

    What is “our Community” ?

    Alles Gute

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — April 13, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

  3. I think ‘our community’ can be relatively easily explained in the same context that religion has tried and often failed to translate into context.

    Wherever there’s two or more of us, that’s a community. It may be a healthy community, a fractuous community or an internally hostile community, but it’s a community. It’s the same concept espoused under phrases like ‘do unto others,’ ‘our fellow man,’ ‘the flock,’ ‘the herd,’ ‘the masses,’ et al.

    One can disagree, but it becomes harder to actually argue

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — April 13, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  4. The quote could be taken out of context, but Vonnegut certainly was no isolationist, no bigot. His stand on Vietnam was honourable and historic, and he inspired many people to fight injustice in any form.

    Comment by raincoaster — April 13, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

  5. I’m almost envious of Raincoaster being a Vonnegut virgin. what a fabulous weekend you’re going to have losing your Kurt cherry

    Comment by nursemyra — April 14, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

  6. I lost mine at age 17 – it was pretty sweet. Vonnegut-wise, I mean

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — April 14, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  7. oh for a minute there I thought we were going to get some real dirt…

    Comment by nursemyra — April 15, 2007 @ 7:15 am

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