There is room enough for an awful lot of people to be right about things and still not agree

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The Universe is an awfully big place

CHRONO-SYNCLASTIC INFUNDIBULA – Just imagine that your Daddy is the smartest man who ever lived on Earth, and he knows everything there is to find out, and he is exactly right about everything, and he can prove he is right about everything. Now imagine another little child on some nice world a million light years away, and that little child’s Daddy is the smartest man who ever lived on that nice world so far away. And he is just as smart and just as right as your Daddy is. Both Daddies are smart, and both Daddies are right.

Only if they ever meet each other they would get into a terrible argument, because they wouldn’t agree on anything. Now, you can say that your Daddy is right and the other little child’s Daddy is wrong, but the Universe is an awfully big place. There is room enough for an awful lot of people to be right about things and still not agree.

by Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007)
from The Sirens of Titan
chapter – Between Timid and Timbuktu (1959)
image – deadserpents

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut

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The Sirens of Titan is what first put Vonnegut on the map.

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