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It seems as though all we hear on the news lately is bad news So it goes right After all if we took to heart all the tragedies that occur everyday in the world wed never get out of bed in the morning We would have an overload of grief so heavy that wed probably all die of a broken heart What we sometimes forget is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction Likewise every time someone dies another is born Every time a marriage ends in divorce a newlywed couple celebrates their honeymoon somewhere else in the world The world is in a constant state of renewal So why do we only notice the bad things Probably because were human Even though the bulk of our problems are self-inflicted or man-made they still come as a shock to us nearly every time We have created an absurd time to live in So now what How do we deal with it How should we react to the horrors of war heartache and famine Do we try to solve our problems all at once or do we sit back and watch things fall apart Kurt Vonnegut has an interesting idea of what to do as is shown in his novel Slaughter House Five Vonneguts prescription for dealing with the tragic absurdity of the twentieth century is to simply not deal with it In his novel Vonnegut shows that he is more inclined to sit back and watch than to let things effect him Being an anti-war novel his book is filled with shocking events and gruesome deaths But Vonnegut portrays death as something trivial Every time someone dies or something bad happens where the reader might think oh my gosh thats awful Vonnegut says so it goes Its as if he saying that that kind of thing happens all the time and since no one can stop it we shouldnt get all
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