America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves.”

It has taken me a criminally long time to read this amazing book despite being told again and again since probably 9th grade how wonderful it is and how much I will love it.  Well everyone, I’m finally reading it and loving it.  This quote and the one below especially caught my eye:

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue[.]  Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money.  They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.  This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.”

  – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

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