Posts tagged "christopher hitchens"
I know what’s coming, I know no one beats these odds, and it’s a matter of getting used to that — of growing up and realizing that you’re expelled from your mother’s uterus as if shot from a cannon toward a barn door studded with old nail files and rusty hooks. It’s a matter of how you will use up the intervening time in an intelligent and ironic way…
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
Hitchens On Death
- Holdengräber: In the first 4-5 pages of your memoir, one thing that strikes me is a real fear of death, and it some way I think that the memoir is written to hold it at bay.
- Hitchens: Of course. I’ve always known that I’m born into a losing struggle… don’t know anyone who’s come out of that a winner. One should try to write as if posthumously. Because then you’re free of all the inhibition that can cluster around even the most independent-minded writer. You don’t really care about public opinion now, you don’t mind about sales, you don’t care what the critics say. You don’t even care what your friends, your peers, your beloved think. You’re free. Death is a very liberating thought.