My daughter got to eat
a two ice-9 cupcakes at church tonight. For those who don’t know, ice-9 is from Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and it causes water to be frozen up to 114 degrees or so. Spoiler alert, but basically the stuff causes the world to end in the novel. Of course, before the world ends in Cat’s Cradle, there are a lot of good jokes and commentary on the human condition. There is even a religion, whose founder freely admits it is nothing but shameless lies.
Anyway, ice-nine is fictional. z(That’s why we can put it on cupcakes.) But, Vonnegut’s point is loud and clear. Here is the book’s protagonist after humanity’s dumb patriotism and failure to match scientific knowledge with a moral, socially just understanding of the world:
“I helped my Mona out of our hole. I warned her to keep her hands away from the blue-white frost and to keep her hands away from her mouth, too. “Death has never been quite so easy to come by,” I told her. “All you have to do is touch the ground and then your lips and you’re done for.”She shook her head and sighed. “A very bad mother.””What?” I said.”Mother Earth — she isn’t a very good mother any more.”