I can't believe I've only just heard that Kurt Vonnegut died last week. One of the greatest writers of all time and at heart a true cynic, cynical in the way that desperately understands that we should all be better than we are.
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’
“God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine,” Kurt Vonnegut
If you've never read any of his books, go and read Breakfast of Champions immediately. And then read Slaugherhouse-Five. And then Cat's Cradle. And then everything else he ever put to paper and realise what we have lost that there will be no more.