Breakfast of Champions - Some Thoughts
I finished reading Breakfast of Champions and the story got even more surreal towards the end. It was great.
I'm a big fan of the eccentric. Oddities make life more interesting. Not necessarily oddities on a daily basis; that would drive anyone insane. I don't think I could have survived in Kurt Vonnegut's mind, but experiencing his words through my own lens was nice.
The one part of the book that really stood out to me me was the comparison between people and machines. Are all of our actions pre-determined? Or does free will truly exist? How different are our lives from the characters within Vonnegut's novel?
It seems like from birth, the general direction of our lives are already set. Our parents and communities lay the groundwork for how we think and behave, how our interests develop, our experiences. No one can truly start a life of exploration without the resources to do so.
And yet, we have these moments in our lives that are so pivotal: almost as important as our origins. The proverbial fork in the road is where our free will is truly apparent. When two decisions have divergent paths, only then can we say that we really made a conscious decision. Everything else seems to occur by happenstance.
Vonnegut's writing really inspired me to write this blog. Sentences don't have to be straightforward and sensical to express an idea. Short, fragmented, and confusing sentences better represent the internal voice.
Words are evocative. A photo can capture a moment and sensations, but words reveal a deeper level of thought. I love looking back on my past writing and seeing where my mind was then. I decided to keep this blog public because I'm afraid of irrelevance. I want to know that there are other people sharing the same thoughts as me.