Hitchens was one of a kind. His wit, intelligence, graciousness, class, humor, charisma, voice--oh that voice--were like none other. Such a loss. Tragic. A brilliant man's life cut short. A man that should have been the one saved on that hypothetical, over-capacity lifeboat. Some lives are more valuable than others, sorry. Don't believe me? Place Hitler next to Hitchens. Who do you save? Sometimes I feel like my compass is a little wonky without him. I'm on my own. It is sometimes difficult to navigate these current political and sociological waters. I am uncertain... looking at it all through my ignorant, humble lenses. I miss his powerful--yet gentle, insightful, and educated perspective. I feel shortchanged, as I was only privy to this man's greatness for a short five or so years, before his untimely death in December 2011. How I wished I had been there in the early days. It must have been wonderful to have known him when he was a student at Oxford. Or a journalist reporting on the conflicts in eastern Europe. I learned of him too late. And this I regret.
Thank goodness that the Hitch was around during the YouTube and Internet era. All those wonderful debates and interviews have been captured, preserved, and shared... like little intellectual memes spreading across the planet.
Hitchens was not a lyricist or a singer--like Morrissey. But his words, both spoken and written, had, and still have, the ability to capture and transform and enlighten both minds and hearts. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the freethinker's Morrissey. He has legions of loyal fans that literally do hang on his every word. I wonder if they too feel lost sometimes without Hitch as the rudder? There are probably communities out there discussing this very thing right now. But isn't one community enough for me? I really can't be bothered to participate in other online discussion forums. Solo is time consuming enough. I'd probably learn more elsewhere. But is that all it's about? Who knows what the future holds. Solo may close its doors one day. My interests may shift. It's all uncertain.
Here is a thirty minute video that has Hitch answering reddit.com's (top ten questions)...
Ask Christopher Hitchens Anything ~ taped in 2009.
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