Yesterday died one of the most important people on earth. Christopher Hitchens, one of the "Four Horsemen" of New Age atheism, aside Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and C. Dennet. He suffered esophageal cancer, and he got a pneumonia that finally made him pass away. He had a carreer that spanned four decades, both as a columnist and a critic. He praised people like George Orwell and Thomas Jefferson, and critiqued others like Mother Theresa and Henry Kissinger, the alleged war criminal. (He criticized Mother Theresa because of her supposed failure to treat people under her care, her religous feelings towards abortion and her embracement of poverty, which goes against progress).
|I don't always criticize, but when I do, it's so society can move forward.|
He was very critical of the War in Iraq. He was labeled as a neoconservative, but he denies being any kind of conservative. He described himself as an antitheist, saying that a person "could be an atheist and wish that belief in God were correct," but an "antitheist is someone who is relieved that there's no evidence for such an assertance." He argued that the conception of God was a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion in terms of teaching moral ethics. That could mean a lot of progress, if you ask me. He wrote a lot about athiesm and the nature of religion in his 2007 book, God Is Not Great.
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The man was voted one of the top five public intellectuals in the world. He had a style of debating that was very agressive and direct. He was a great man, who defended the right of many people throughout the world, and was in favor of progress. He will be missed, and since the world is a worse place without him, technically he's in a better place. Rest in peace, Hitchens.
|Your teachings shall always stay with us.|