Or is there?
Perception is reality.
Along those lines, regardless of what fictional selves we unintentionally perceive ourselves to be,
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
That’s the narrator’s take. But is Vonnegut speaking for himself?
EDIT: That’s Vonnegut’s take on the narrator’s story. But the question remains, and in this case, the question runs deeper. The moral is Vonnegut’s, after all. I have to ask myself what effect this book had on him—the actual writer, not the fictitious one, if there’s a difference.
And on that note,
do writers insert the fictional version of themselves into their work, or does the writer become what he writes?