by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's Cradle Religion Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"[Felix Hoenikker] may have been a modern holy man," [Marvin] added, "but Goddamn if he didn't get everything he ever wanted." (34.3)
It's an interesting choice of words, isn't it? Holy men are supposed to be the opposite of what a scientist is. But here we have a character treating him as just that. See our "Science" theme for more.
"The thing I like," said Hazel, "is they all speak English and they're all Christians. That makes things so much easier." (43.6)
Of course, the irony is that San Lorenzo isn't a Christian country at all. But, since Hazel doesn't know that, she feels completely comfortable there. It's her personal illusion covering the reality of the situation.
It was the belief of Bokonon that good societies could be built only by pitting good against evil, and by keeping the tension between the two high at all times. (47.7)
The religion of Bokonon sets up an "us versus them" or "good versus evil" mentality. The people of San Lorenzo seem to enjoy the game because it aligns them with the side of "us" and "good." And, hey, who doesn't like to be on the good side?