Quote Challenge ~ “Retrospective”


The Daily Post WOTD is Retrospective. The word retrospective got me thinking about authors who reminisce. I floated around Freeman Dyson, G. K. Chesterton, H. L. Mencken, and eventually landed at Kurt Vonnegut. So here is my quote on the WOTD from his writings.

“It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be that we were allowed to say absolutely anything without fear of punishment. Our American heirs may find it incredible, as most foreigners do right now, that a nation would want to enforce a law something which sounds more like a dream, which reads as follows:

‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’

“How could a nation with such a law raise its children in an atmosphere of decency? It couldn’t—it can’t. So the law will surely be repealed soon for the sake of the children.”
Kurt Vonnegut ~ Palm Sunday

Oh, the wonderful Mr. Vonnegut nails it as usual; I smell his feet (which means I really get him.)


3 thoughts on “Quote Challenge ~ “Retrospective”

  1. I can definitely see- and feel- where you are coming from… however our founding fathers saw that as well. George Washington is supposed to have stated that this great experiment will never work unless your society is moral and just. Enjoyed your stream-of-thoughts!

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