Saturday, December 29, 2007

Vonnegut Abducted?

This was a thread I started on ATS ( and 2 other sites last August. On one I actually got a hostile response:

I just finished Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons; the nonfiction collection of Kurt Vonnegut's heyday in the '60s and early '70s. The last segment is the Playboy interview I never knew about. On page 262 he reveals that neither he nor any of his fellow POWs in Dresden had any memory of the actual firebombing (utter devastation). Though he wouldn't have described it as such, it's as though it was a missing time experience. Ring a bell?

What if the Tralfamadorians of Slaughterhouse-Five were really a reflection of Kurt's unconscious awareness of a real abduction? If so, it was definitely a mass abduction, since a number of his buddies couldn't remember anything; including those who "didn't want to talk about it."

This of course is assuming it wasn't an ordinary case of denial of/lying about terror of the magitude of soiling one's self or blubbering or screaming like a baby. If so, man, those guys were/are the quintessential macho liars to the bitter end.

Is it possible that the staunchest atheistic doubter of alien abduction "mumbo jumbo" like Vonnegut could simply have had a stronger erasure/repression mechanism of the same experiences the ones he would call the "crazies" have had? Here's why I want to believe that's true: Beings of a decidedly higher moral plane than ours should be most interested in those of us who have the fundamentals of a sufficiently-enlightened civilization down pat before anything else regarding the unexplained or "miraculous" becomes part of our vocabulary, if it ever does. Vonnegut had the spirit of the teachings of one of his professors regarding the "folk society." He spoke the truth about the perils of a greed-and-slavery-based system. Period. He was a righteous man. There's no denying his great love, compassion, despite the pessimistic humor and misanthropy (and denial of the unexplained). Twain/Clemens would've loved him. (8-8)

I would add now that I don't have any reason, or strong enough reason, to believe Vonnegut was a supporter of Disclosure.

He mentions near the beginning of Slaughterhouse that his attempt to receive information from the Pentagon and/or Air Force about the (virtual) annihilation of Dresden - a very beautiful city with no military or industrial significance - was met with the "It's classified" dismissal. I'm guessing it still would be; or the most relevant parts.

(edited 12/30 for style, accuracy, spelling)

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