Christopher Hitchens, we will miss you

We all knew it was coming, but somehow we had managed to ignore the cruelty of reality for a little while. For a moment there, it almost seemed as though Hitch had managed to defeat his cancer. Unfortunately, life is a cruel bitch that kills your heroes prematurely (it’s true that Jack Daniels and Phillip Morris had done most of the damage, but still). Now, the world is a little duller, a little dumber, and a lot less interesting as a result.

Truthfully, I would be more upset if I hadn’t read his last article. In it, he mentioned that had he known of the pain he would have had to endure to survive the cancer, he would have opted against it. It may sound trite, but there is some evidence to suggest that a person having a REASON to live is often a significant indicator of health. I think it wasn’t the cancer but the pain of the treatment that ended him. That’s the sad truth about cancer; the cure is sometimes worse than the disease.

Don’t plan on being sad for very long though. Your grief will soon turn into anger once you read the inane tweets of men like Rick Warren:

My friend Christopher Hitchens has died. I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve his loss. He knows the Truth now.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks. That tweets comes from an actual friend (despite their obvious differences, they seemed to have gotten along well). How many times are you going to overhear some religious jackass gloating that Hitch is burning in Hell for not believing in their specific nonsense?

Even more frustrating is the fact that there is no simple way to demonstrate the obvious stupidity of their assertion. The specter of death haunts us all equally, but our mortality is the only solid proof Christians need of their sadistic fantasies. It’s like arguing with children.

On a selfish note, I never got to cross “having a conversation with Christopher Hitchens” off my bucket list. I hoped perhaps that some of his brilliance might rub off on me. Now the unique arrangement of neurons that comprised his mind have ceased to function, and this pattern is lost forever. Damn you entropy. Why must you rob us of everything we love?

Comments (8)

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    Harkanin

    Today we lost a brilliant fucking mind, my only regret is that I never met him. I’ve only been an outed atheist for the last couple years but I quickly came to respect him, I find all the speeches I’ve seen of him quite impressive and profound even in the smallest of ways.

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    GaR

    You want insane tweets? Look no further! https://twitter.com/#!/GodsWordIsLaw

    In other news, cancer can just… just fuck off.

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    darkpaw

    I really do think I’ll miss Christopher Hitchens. The Four Men of the Apocalypse are now Three. Sad times, indeed.

    Few people read his Missionary Position book about Mother Theresa. Her media machine made her out to be an amazing individual – an outstanding force for good, but she was far from it. Christopher Hitchens was a greater person than she, and he called her out on her shit. Few people have the guts to do this kind of thing.

    I enjoyed everything he wrote. An amazing man with a quick wit and an intelligence to rival the greatest minds.

    Rest in peace, Christopher.

    On a side note, did Twitter remove the #GodIsNotGreat hashtag due to violent threats from Christian zealots? Kind of proves Chris’s point!

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    Nolan

    My biggest takeaway from Hitchens has always been his modesty and humility; he recognized religion as one of the most poisonous threats to society and worked in a field where he could inform others of its evils, but he was never flagrant and was always quick to remind everyone that we’re all imperfect humans.

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    Razzle

    Hopefully, I’ll meet him in hell for a drink.

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    Richie P

    ‘My friend Christopher Hitchens has died. I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve his loss. He knows the Truth now.’

    In typical Hitch style, may I humbly suggest that that tweet from Rick Warren was exactly 5 words too long.

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    Richie P

    Razzle- That would be a Johnny Walker black I take it!

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    Dante

    This: “Now, the world is a little duller, a little dumber, and a lot less interesting”, that plus oddly more dangerous without his extraordinarily, piercingly lucid moral light for guidance. I’m not atall ashamed to say that man guided me.

    “Now the unique arrangement of neurons that comprised his mind have ceased to function, and this pattern is lost forever.” Yup gone forever. irreplaceable. damn.

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