RIP Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens just passed away at age 62. I will miss his wit, wisdom, and love for life.

What will you miss most about Hitchens?

Romance at Mars Hill
Hallquist on Eich
Being Agent Scully
Hallquist on Eich
  • Tom P.
  • Rich Wilson
  • Custador

    I shall miss that he won’t be here to rebut all the fundies who’ ll claim he made a death-bed repentance.

  • FO

    Death is still something far beyond my capability to assimilate reality.

  • Jess

    I will miss his bravery and incredible ability to be blunt and factual.
    His level of intelligence is few and far between, and there will never be another just like him.

    • Morpheus91

      But there will be the people he inspired, to whom he gave the courage to live bravely, honestly, and rationally.

  • mikespeir

    What will I miss? I feel as though we’ve lost one of our sturdiest shields against mindlessness. Not that there aren’t other great men and women out there, but nobody else quite fits into Hitch’s shoes. Our consolation? The vast body of work and thought he left us, alight with the fiery zeal of an Apostle Paul, only aimed in the direction of reason and “realness” this time instead of toward superstition. If a thousands generations from now there are still people who think freely, they’ll owe a lot to Christopher Hitchens, even if they’ve forgotten the name.

    • Mike de Fleuriot

      We may have lost him, but I think he taught us well, now we must show that we learnt as well.

  • Jasper

    I’ll miss his unequaled determination to think for himself.

  • Ebon Badger

    Personally, I think we should get the booze out. His life deserved a toast, I think.

  • Rich Wilson

    I friend of mine said the fundies have been handing out bibles at his 13 year old daughter’s school bus stop. So she printed out to hand back. And if anyone complains, plans to say she’s doing it for Christopher Hitchens.

    • John C

      Love is not fake, thankfully.

      • Rich Wilson

        And a Loving God would not insist that one gut open their child to prove their love to God.

        • John C

          Oh, you’re referencing Abe’s (if only in heart) willingness to sacrifice Isaac (his ‘only’ son although he had another called ‘Ischmael’ 15 years before, huh). What’s the deal there right?

  • Custador

    From YouTube: “If Hitch got his after-life surprise, some poor God somewhere is debating its own existence. And losing…. badly.”

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    • The Other Weirdo

      I love that! Excellent!

  • Nox

    He was a good person and a great writer.

    He spoke truth powerfully and his words will live on beyond his body.

    The only afterlife Hitch would have wanted.

  • Schaden Freud

    I’ll miss his intelligence. I think he raised the collective IQ of humanity a few points all on his own.

    RIP Hitch. Thanks for everything!

  • Aussie Secular Dad

    When I found this out, I had my brother and sister staying at my place. They like getting drunk, and as a good host, I was taking them into town to indulge their hobby when I got an SMS about Hitch’s death from a friend. I was very sad because a smart man had passed, and the world needs as many smart people as it can get.

    My brother, on the other hand, has no respect for smart people. In fact, quite the opposite. The one time I tried to talk about my feelings during his visit, I was heaped with scorn and ridicule. I kept my mouth shut for the rest of his visit.

    He’s finally just left, but I feel that’s it’s too late now. Where I should have been dealing with my feelings in the days after his death, I just suppressed them. I’m not sure what to do now. Is it like an old cut, where you need to scrape the scab off and pour disinfectant on it?

    Oh well. Hopefully he’ll be nowhere near me when the next person I admire dies.

  • menon raman

    The human kind has lost a great soul who stood and fought for TRUTH and TRUTH alone.