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Thinking Critically


Farewell, Christopher Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

Do I fear death? No, I am not afraid of being dead because there’s nothing to be afraid of, I won’t know it. I fear dying, of dying I feel a sense of waste about it and I fear a sordid death, where I am incapacitated or imbecilic at the end which isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s something to be terrified of.

It’s in times like this when, ironically, words just fail — it is so hard to convey some feelings. No, I was not so lucky to have met Mr. Hitchens in person, I cannot claim to know what kind of person he was, or how well he performed all of those roles each individual assumes throughout their life.

But I did know him as a mentor, as a writer, as a delusion slayer, as an educator of the masses. I was so fortunate to have exchanged a few emails with him, such an inspiring human being.

We knew him through his essays and books, his loudness, his brilliant rhetoric, his boldness, for his inspiring reasoning, and his amazingly blunt debate skills. He was such a pleasure to listen to.

I remember a few months ago, he was asked in an interview, “so, you’re dying…”, He calmly smiled and said, “Yes, but so are you.” The only good thing about these announced deaths, is the opportunity we get to show the sick person how much we cherish, and appreciate them. I hope he sensed how much we treasured him and his work.

He’s not resting in peace, he’s not in a better nor worse place, he simply is no more. Hence this feeling of irreparable loss.

All that is left for us is to celebrate his time on earth, and be thankful for what he gave us, that hopefully will continue to enlighten future generations. This was a life worthy of a great celebration.

Farewell, Hitch, you mighty warrior for rationality and reason, you! Thank you for your invaluable contribution to humanity’s enlightenment.

This is not a tribute, I am not qualified to do that. I just needed closure.

7 Responses to Farewell, Christopher Hitchens.

  1. David says:

    I knew this day was coming, but still wasn’t ready. It came decades too soon.

  2. Paul Wiklund says:

    Goodbye Christopher. First Andy Rooney, then Steve Jobs, and now you. All of our visionary atheists seem to be dying this year. What a shame. Ffortunately your words live on in my library, and I plan to share frequently. 🙂

  3. Mark Joseph says:

    Well stated, and very moving. Thank you.

  4. Bob Row says:

    Think critically is a good habit, but (as Marx posed it) the critic needs to be criticized. While I have respect for Hitchen’s intention of enhance rationalism, I think there was an unnoticed failure in his reasoning. Let me invite you to discuss the balance I just posted.

  5. Well done. As a Christian, I will genuinely miss Hitchens’ polemics and the flavor which he brought to the cultural conversation in issues of religion and secularism. Although I think it’s wrong to call Hitchens a ‘rationalist’ in the philosophical sense, he was certainly a reasonable empiricist.

  6. Resell says:

    sihotmeng clever about an august contributor such as Hitchens, he’ll score mad props and ascend the ranks.Except:1) He wasn’t clever2) It’s unmistakably pathetic3) And he just ends up looking more punk-ass than beforeSo, yeah: poor form and poorly played, Mr. Sullivan.

  7. andrew parker says:

    Good Riddance


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