Kurt Vonnegut was the Honorary President of the American Humanist Association.

As the AHA’s notes in their press release on Vonnegut’s passing:

“I am a humanist,” [Vonnegut] wrote in a letter to the organization’s members, “which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.”

As always, Vonnegut never lacked humor in his conversations with the AHA:

In 2003, when asked permission to quote from something he’d written, Vonnegut wrote back to the American Humanist Association, “Find here my permission for you to quote any damn fool thing I’ve ever said or written, throughout all eternity, and without any further notice or compensation to me.”

He’ll be missed.

If you would like to contribute to the AHA in Vonnegut’s memory, please consider doing so here.

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  • daniel

    This writeup moved me.

    As did this one: http://www.unboundedition.com/content/view/198/50/


  • Karen

    They showed a clip last night of his interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

    Vonnegut says, with a straight face, “I think it’s obvious that the evolutionary process was helped along by a Master Designer. That’s why we have giraffes and hippopotami … and the clap.”