This short story reminds me of Feed. The characters in this story are completely controlled by the government and don't really think for themselves. One thing that is different from Feed and this story however is that people don't have a choice in this story while in Feed, only a majority of the population has their minds controlled. An additional similarity is the feeling I get while reading these two works-it is one of disturbance. The idea of people not remembering anything, and being completely controlled by a piece of machinery that is ultimately controlled by other men is terrifying. It takes away everything that makes a person a person and a unique person at that.
One section that I found very interesting in this reading was the very first paragraph. The first couple of sentences make the reader feel good-there is no discrimination, or prejudice between people or groups of people. As you read the rest of the paragraph however, you begin to think twice about how good equality really is. Is it necessarily a good thing that nobody is stronger or quicker than everybody else? I think Vonnegut is suggesting in his story that if full and total equality is to be reached people will have their essence taken away from them. What makes them human (their minds and ideas) will be stripped away. In addition the people who decide what is "normal" control everything. I think Vonnegut is asking his readers to reexamine what equality means and caution against extremity. I think he is also asking his readers to reevaluate technology and the dependency it is capable of producing.