posted on Aug, 19 2007 @ 06:00 PM
I just finished Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons; the nonfiction collection of Kurt Vonnegut's heyday in the '60s and early '70s. The last segment
is the Playboy interview I never knew about. On page 262 he reveals that neither he nor any of his fellow POWs in Dresden had any memory of the
actual firebombing (utter devastation). Though he wouldn't have described it as such, it's as though it was a missing time experience. Ring a
What if the Tralfamadorians of Slaughterhouse Five were really a reflection of Kurt's unconscious awareness of a real abduction? If so, it was
definitely a mass abduction, since a number of his buddies couldn't remember anything; including those who "didn't want to talk about it."
This of course is assuming it wasn't an ordinary case of denial of/lying about terror of the magitude of soiling one's self or blubbering or
screaming like a baby. If so, man, those guys were/are the quintessential macho liars to the bitter end.
Is it possible that the staunchest atheistic doubter of alien abduction "mumbo jumbo" like Vonnegut could simply have had a stronger
erasure/suppression mechanism of the same experiences the ones he would call the "crazies" have had? Here's why I want to believe that's true:
Beings of a decidely higher moral plane than ours should be most interested in those of us who have the fundamentals of what constitutes a
suffiently-enlightened civilization down pat before anything else regarding the unexplained or "miraculous" becomes part of their/our vocabulary, if
it ever does. Vonnegut had the spirit of the teachings of one of his professors regarding the "folk society." He spoke the truth about the perils
of a greed-and-slavery-based system. Period. He was a righteous man. There's no denying his great love and compassion, despite the pessimism and
misanthropy... and his tendency to be plain vulgar or insulting... and his denial of the unexplained. Twain/Clemens would've loved him.
Wondering if there are any of Vonnegut's Dresden comrades (or anyone else in the city at the time) who can possibly corroberate the missing time
theory... True, it's probably more likely that standard psychological mechanisms alone were responsible for the multiple blockages of such a hugely
traumatic event, but it's similarity to missing time in the more credible abduction reports is worth exploring, IMO.