Acid Heroes

July 30, 2017

I once read this Kurt Vonnegut short story that posed an odd question: “What are people for?” Sometimes I still wonder about that question





There’s a guy who’s been hanging out on the Berkeley street scene for 20 years, basically doing nothing for 20 years. He’s got this spot that he hangs out at every day, sitting on the ground leaning against a tree. And he basically has two modes: a.) lying on his back reading a paperback, or b.) lying on his side sleeping. If he has a third mode I haven’t seen it.

Periodically he’ll rouse himself to get up and go to one of the free meals, or scroungs around in the garbage cans for food. Then its right back to his spot.

In the evening he packs up all his stuff, walks across the street to a doorway. And goes to sleep. And in the morning he wakes up and basically does the same thing all over again. For 20 years.

When I was young I thought people basically got married, had kids, lived in a house, went off to work in the morning, and in the evening they all ate dinner together in the living room. . . But as I get older I realize, the human experience iis actually pretty varied.





1 Comment »

  1. In other words,what is our purpose? If there is one what iis it? If not,do we make one up,or not? If we don’t,do we hang out under a tree doing nothing for twenty years?

    Comment by sfmag1 — August 1, 2017 @ 12:51 am | Reply

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