Very sad news. Christopher Hitchens has passed away at the age of 62, after suffering with esophageal cancer. The man was a great rhetorician, and an advocate of rationalism. He didn’t hold back and in doing so produced some of the most coherent and fiery attacks on irrationality.
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.
It’s a shame that that voice will boom no more.