Still missed . . .

Five years . . . I’ve written before (HERE and HERE) about how much I miss and mourn the loss of Christopher Hitchens. I miss the clarity of thought, I miss the quick wit, I miss the brutal honesty

There is not much I can add to what I have already written about Hitchens and the influence his thinking had on many people, myself included. There are a few others — most notably, Sam Harris — who consistently speak with the eloquence and clarity of thought appreciated by thinking humans.

 

Sadly, I don’t think Hitchens — had he lived to the present — would have stemmed the tide of ignorance and faulty thinking that seems to have swept into every nook and cranny I look into. That would be too much to have asked, even of one so capable.

With a clear and strong voice he would have, I think, voiced the concern of many, warning us of the shadow of fascism encroaching on the history of this country.

 

I close with a few of his words . . .

“I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.”

“We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”

“What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”

“To be against rationalization is not the same as to be opposed to reasoning.”

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”

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10 Responses to Still missed . . .

  1. I miss him, too. His words will live on and influence generations beyond us.
    A wonderful post of tribute, Emilio.
    (((HUGS)))

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  2. Eddy Winko says:

    I might just have to see if I can find a copy of his book God is not Great…. can you recommend it?

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  3. disperser says:

    Probably one of the best debates I’ve heard on the subject of the afterlife:

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