Kurt Vonnegut explains the massacre of innocents

“Bad chemicals and bad ideas 
were the Yin and Yang of madness.”

The Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik killed innocent victims in his attack in 2011. Beforehand, he posted a 1,500-page manifesto online, which included passages he took from the manifesto of Theodore Kaczynski, the American killer called the “Unabomber”.

The author Kurt Vonnegut wrote the book Breakfast of Champions in 1973. It’s a story about America which includes fictional science fiction author Kilgore Trout and actual author Kurt Vonnegut.

In this passage, Mr. Vonnegut explains the origins of character Dwayne Hoover’s slide into madness:
As has already been said: Dwayne was a Pontiac dealer who was going insane.

Dwayne’s incipient insanity was mainly a matter of chemicals, of course. Dwayne Hoover’s body was manufacturing certain chemicals which unbalanced his mind. But Dwayne, like all novice lunatics, needed some bad ideas, too, so that his craziness could have shape and direction.

Bad chemicals and bad ideas were the Yin and Yang of madness. Yin and Yang were Chinese symbols of harmony. They looked like this:


The bad ideas were delivered to Dwayne by Kilgore Trout. Trout considered himself not only harmless but invisible. The world had paid so little attention to him that he supposed he was dead. He hoped he was dead.

But he learned from his encounter with Dwayne that he was alive enough to give a fellow human being ideas which would turn him into a monster.
As Mr. Vonnegut said repeatedly in his book Slaughterhouse Five:
So it goes.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Wikipedia>>
- Ted Kaczynski, Wikipedia>>
- Norway shooting: Anders Behring Breivik plagiarised 'Unabomber', The Telegraph>>

1 comment:

  1. You gotta have good chemicals!

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