Kurt Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope:
“Oh, she says, well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet?
Vonnegut pretends not to hear her, and ventures out to get an envelope because he’s going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. He meets a lot of people. Vonnegut sees some great-looking babies. And a fire engine goes by. He gives them the thumbs up. Vonnegut will ask a woman what kind of dog that is.
The moral of the story is – we’re here on Earth to fart around. Of course, the computers will do us out of that. And what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And it’s like we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.”
Let’s all get up and move around a bit right now… or at least dance.
Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.
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