From Dinitia Smith at the New York Times:
To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent meaninglessness of existence was human kindness. The title character in his 1965 novel, â€œGod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,â€ summed up his philosophy:
â€œHello, babies. Welcome to Earth. Itâ€™s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Itâ€™s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, youâ€™ve got about a hundred years here. Thereâ€™s only one rule that I know of, babies â€” â€˜God damn it, youâ€™ve got to be kind.â€™ â€
Vonnegut’s work has been adapted to film several times, most successfully in George Roy Hill‘s 1972 "Slaughterhouse-Five." If you take a meander through YouTube, you’ll find that "Slaughterhouse-Five," a high school reading list standard, has also become the subject of countless amateur trailers, the creation of which has apparently become a favored English class assignment. Look here, here, here, and so on for dozens of teenage Billy Pilgrims, wandering, unstuck, through time.