„Yes, maybe it’s just one colossal big joke with no point to it.“

Lazarus stood up and stretched and scratched his ribs. “But I can tell you this, Andy, whatever the answers are, here’s one monkey that’s going to keep on climbing, and looking around him to see what he can see, as long as the tree holds out.”
Methuselah’s Children (p. 667; closing words)
Short fiction, The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)

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