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Vonnegut’s letter to the draft board.

23 Jun
Vonnegut’s letter to the draft board.

Truth. Immutable. Applicable to all. In South Africa we have a need for this adherence to simple, goodness. Just a pity that Africa prefers war, over peace. Hate over love. As long as you have someone else to blame and not the face in the mirror, you will never experience life as the Vonnegut’s have.

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It’s fairly rare that the written word moves us to actual tears, but we’ve shed a few reading the very moving letter that Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaugherhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle, wrote to the Vietnam Draft Board about his son’s registration as a conscientious objector in 1967. Demonstrating the meaning of fatherly love, it details the reasons Vonnegut is proud of his son for making the choice to refuse to fight.

November 28, 1967

TO DRAFT BOARD #1, SELECTIVE SERVICE,

HYANNIS, MASS.

Gentlemen:

My son Mark Vonnegut is registered with you. He is now in the process of requesting classification as a conscientious objector. I thoroughly approve of what he is doing. It is in keeping with the way I have raised him. All his life he has learned hatred for killing from me.

I was a volunteer in the Second World War. I was an infantry scout, saw…

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