According to Kurt Vonnegut, your chance of understanding the purpose of life is analogous to eating sugar while suffocating in your own excrement, never guessing in the meantime that you are the yeast that drives the process which creates champagne.
' Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purpose of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne. '
-- From Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions, Chapter 19 (pages 208 - 209).
1973 KURT VONNEGUT, JR. Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday (c) 1973 by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Delacorte Press / Seymour Lawrence. Second Printing.
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