The Dresden Destroyed article begins with an excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. Every now and then I need to see and read things like these to value my life more.
Rosewater was twice as smart as Billy, but he and Billy were dealing with similar crises in similar ways. They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in war. Rosewater, for instance, had shot a fourteen-year-old fireman, mistaking for a German soldier. So it goes. And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the fire-bombing of Dresden. So it goes.
— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five