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On December 15th, 2011, author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died in Houston, Texas, of Pneumonia, a complication of the Stage IV Esophageal Cancer he had been suffering from since June of 2010.
He was sixty-two years old.
The world has lost an exceptional man, a great writer, and a brilliant mind.
Christopher Hitchens was a personal hero and a man whom I hold in the highest regard.
His relentless opposition towards that which he saw as wrong stands as a testament that Totalitarianism, those who seek to control others, hypocrisy, and idiocy should be fought in all their forms with as much energy as one can muster.
No one was safe from his inquiries; no politician, no celebrity, no sinner or Saint. Hitchens put them all on the same level, and as he would you or I, expected the same accountability from them. The great demagogues of our Age withered under his scrutiny.
His advocacy of science and the ideals of the Enlightenment provided me and others with the inspiration to push aside long-held dogmas and find out what's really going on.
That we should never be afraid to question authority and keep pursuing rationality and truth, that there are no sacred truths and no heretical questions, there are no infallible leaders, and that the reality of our Universe is far more amazing than any religious or government sponsored delusion.
He had a delivery that was at the same time erudite and blunt, brash yet eloquent, so well thought-out and delivered that the notion of even entertaining ideas to the contrary seemed a foolish endeavor.
Much like Carl Sagan, when one listens to or reads his works, and then goes back to other authors, no matter how brilliant they may be (the wonderful Dan Dennett comes to mind), their words and works pale in comparison to Hitchens' razor sharp wit and profound insights.
I will miss him immensely, and carry a deep admiration for him for as long as I live.
I think I've gushed enough sentiment, so I've decided to use the remainder of this blog as a place to post some of my favorite Hitchens moments.
Please join me by posting your favorite Hitchens videos, anecdotes, memories, consolations, praise or scorn in the comment section.
Christopher Hitchens, April 13th, 1949 - December 15th, 2011.
He will be missed.