When not arguing with the spectre of death…

Christopher Hitchens may be battling for life, but note how his writing continues to be ‘out there’, and not fixated on himself and his own sorry condition…

“It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency.”

“[T]he pattern and original of all dictatorship is the surrender of reason to absolutism and the abandonment of critical, objective inquiry. The cheap name for this lethal delusion is religion, and we must learn new ways of combating it in the public sphere, just as we have learned to free ourselves of it in private.”

“Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need). Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death and human sacrifice and are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped and distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings and incantations.”

As Christopher says, “don’t keep the faith”.

Happy Easter!