In Memoriam of Christopher Hitchens

On hearing of Christopher Hitchens’s death this morning, my first thoughts went to something he had once said as a play on Socrates:

The unlived life is not worth examining.

Christopher Hitchens lived a life worth examining. May his future biographers do him justice. In the furnace of this world, he appears never to have cracked, Oedipus-like, plucking out his eyes in wishful thinking, denial, or madness. Like his chief hero, George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens was the very profile of a man who lived vigorously and bravely, and spoke the truth directly. That’s saying something.

That’s actually saying a lot.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to In Memoriam of Christopher Hitchens

  1. colinhutton says:

    Well said, thank you, Santi. Best of the many tributes out there at the moment.

  2. colinhutton says:

    Mind you, PZ’s, which I have just now read, is very good!

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