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The Absurdity of Free Will While living in Tralfamadore and learning about the inhabitants way of thinking Billy Pilgrim sees that the aliens believe that nothing can be changed and that free will is a ridiculous idea Billy comes to understand their reasoning which eases his guilt yet takes away his emotions Through taking away the pain and tragedy of war Billy looses his humanity The Tralfamadorians an alien race who abducted Billy on the night of his daughters wedding taught him that the human concept of free will was strange and unique If I hadnt spent so much time studying Earthlings said the Tralfamadorian I wouldnt have any idea what was meant by free will Ive visited thirty-one inhabited plants in the universe and I have studied reports on one hundred more Only on Earth is there any talk of free will 86 How-how did I get here It would take another Earthling to explain it to you Earthlings are the great explainers explaining why this event is structured as it is telling how other events may be achieved or avoided I am a Tralfamadorian seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains All time is all time It does not change It does not lend itself to warnings of explanations It simply is Take it moment by moment and you will find that we are all as Ive said before bugs in amber 85-86 The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die He is still very much alive in the past so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral All moments past present and future always have existed always will exist The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains for instance They can see how permanent all
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