2 B R 0 2 B

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This Seedbox Classics edition of 2 B R 0 2 B or 2BR02B includes illustrations.

2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut is a science fantas story that focuses on a society where individuals have an indefinite lifespan and the inhabitant of the United States is limited to forty million.

In order for a new birth to take place, someone else must die. The myster builds as two parents wait for someone to dial 2 B R 0 2 B, which is the telephone number to dial for an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.
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Published February 7th 2012 by Seedbox Press, LLC (first published September 1968
Original Title of the Book
2 B R 0 2 B
Number of Pages
28
Asin
B0076R7KQC

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In my view, the reality of such a situation would be that there would always be a contentious third world and there would always be aggressive young men and there will always be an arms industry and small wars will be encouraged.I do see that medical cures and ways of extending life, perhaps more or less indefinitely, might be developed, but I do n't see how you are going to breed pacificsm and generosity into people.

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Exceptional stories, like this one, leave us frustrated, angry and disturbed, And Vonnegut does that in exactly 12 pages.

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But Vonnegut does n't go for the global perspective, he bats the ball straight into middle class suburbia and takes out a father obliged to choose which one of his three new born offspring will survive, since only his own father has offered to partake of euthanasia in order to maintain the balanced equation.This is witnessed by the illustrato who is painting a garden mural- think Hieronymus Bosch' Garden of Earthly Delights and the mbiguity of what Bosch intended with his triptych- to be populated by the likenesses of the hospita staff responsible for delivering life and simultaneously extinguishing it.

The painting, two hundred years old, displays a callousness that indicates his contempt not just for the society in which he lives, but for the society which will follow him should he choose to commit suicide: " ... express [ ing ] with an obscenity his lack of concern for the tribulations of his victim. " In the mids of the means the father uses to resolve his state-imposed moral and emotional quandary, the painter " ... ponder [ s ] the mournful puzzle of life demanding to be born and ... fruitful ... to multiply and to live as long as possible ... on a very small planet that would have to last forever.

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I actually disagree, so I could n't really wholeheartedly embrace the story. ( view spoiler) [ It seems possible that in a situation where medical advances can control aging; that we could not also control conception- " unexpected " triplets about to be born just would n't be a situation.

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In Vonnegut 's fictional future they have found a cure for aging.

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