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RIP, Christopher Hitchens December 16, 2011

Posted by laïcité in Religion.
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Christopher Hitchens has passed away. The world has lost a man of tremendous intellect, eloquence, and reason. Since being diagnosed with esophogeal cancer last year, he has faced his prognosis and his mortality with nothing but courage and dignity. Despite his imminent death, he never sought for solace in superstitions or illusions, nor did he fall back on the crutches of religion. Instead, he chose to face it head-on.

“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
― Christopher Hitchens

In his life, Hitchens bravely fought to promote critical thinking and rationalism, making countless contributions to the social, moral, and political sciences. In his death, Hitchens has taught us how to live: there is no need to dwell on death and take comfort in the illusions of an afterlife; instead, we should relentlessly pursue and celebrate life – appreciating it for its fleeting and infinitesimal nature.

RIP Christopher Hitchens. You will be missed.

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