Friday, December 16, 2011
Christopher Hitchens Dead at 62
Hitchens was probably the most politically incorrect man I've ever run across. I didn't always agree with him, but Hitchens told it like it was, not worrying about offending anyone, hurting feelings, or avoiding buzz words that could be distorted and used by others in a personal attack on him. He was interested in telling the truth as he saw it, and he pulled no punches in getting his message out. I loved him for that.
The man was brilliant. Read his essays, magazine pieces, and books if you don't believe me. He was passionate about the injustices he saw in the world and he wanted to make the rest of us passionate enough to insist that something be done about those things. He recognized the enemy and he would not apologize for pointing out exactly who that was. Of course, he made many enemies along the way, but those enemies, more often than not, exposed themselves as being on the wrong side of history while attempting to prove Hitchens wrong.
And, finally, I admire Christopher Hitchens for not finding God in his final days. For eighteen months, Hitchens knew that he was dying, giving him plenty of time to reject his atheism in favor of Christianity or some other "acceptable" religion. That he did not play that game, proves his personal courage. Christopher Hitchens left this world walking the walk, not just talking it. I will miss him.
Previous Book Chase posts on Christopher Hitchens:
Christopher Hitchens's "Year of Living Dyingly"
Hitch-22: A Memoir
Christopher Hitchens on Cancer Etiquette
Chris Hitchens in the Battle of His Life