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'I felt sorry for him,’ Hitchens says now. 'He seemed like an innocent of some sort, bodyguarded by.... opinions. Pessimistic, unlucky, badly treated ...... He said to my mother once that she was the only luck he’d ever had. He was trying to stop her leaving. And it did make her pause for a bit.’

To see a potential role model live as if bereaved of their aspirations and ambitions - dreams even - reminds my emotions of the mental anguish, say, a religious person is constrained by due the parameters their dogma imposes, deceiving them till they are beholden to a negation of that which all their being might wish and desire to live for.

Maybe this is what Christopher alludes to in part:

'With religion, try as I may, I can’t think myself into the viewpoint of the faithful.'

Which I must say is a cumulatively oppressed position due an alliance of speculative falsehoods and de facto absence of alternatives, the restrictions of which set the mind into an adaptation of fictional alternatives it then considers existential, but which nevertheless the body is generally more than a little 'disagreeable' of - but there isn't the field in which to run, or at least not one even slightly accessible into which to escape. The emotions, and mind, now beaten, default to their cage all too readily - an enforced microcosm of the life into which they were potentially born!

And it is the escaping from this trench of thoughts and emotions that I long lived blindly, days (I lie! Years, but who would believe me?) perplexed and defeated, as to how my mind got there and, much more vividly, the darkness upon the pathway out of it, so that in spite of my growing diet of reason forging me a crutch upon which to lean, took Christophers maverick maulings of anything born of speculation to register my emotions alongside my intellect, finally. It was late for me, but as he suggests, a gross kindness that he was all to unaware of.

So when Susan Sontag suggests him,

'a sovereign figure in the small world of those who tilled the field of ideas’,

she beautifully, almost poetically, beholds his position in respect of those delivered, by his form and discourse, from that consciousness that would have had it readily circumcised.

For me Hitchens not only took the lid of religion and poured it out for all to see, but has also showed us what it is to not have it at all and how much better this would be. No psychologist could come close to this. No parent or friend could rise to such a wall of opposition in the head and in the heart. But for me, Hitchens simply cast it aside in more ways than I can fathom. An artisan - a messiah of reason - what else could pose such a role - it is become more, much more, than the man that he is - unquestionable!

And when he remarks,

'the newspapers would come out and they wouldn’t be there to read them.'

I say, and how - since when has a newspaper been lived out in the lives of those during and after ones passing in ways unpublished and unwritten, but so much the better for having accessed their own lives through the reason of someone, chancing upon a star, who rose above all of them claimed in the East, to be delivering us from dogma and oppression?

Of death:

He pauses. 'It is a disagreeable thought.’

But then that is the seed of poison that led so many of us into the mire of dogma which you so articulately deciphered, sir!

What more good could you have yourself do? I doubt if you could have managed it had you not lived the life you have?

More people than you will ever know, probably imagine, have already said yes - to that which carries beyond ones own experiences - and so it will go that their hearts beat on in like manner. In this respect you transcend your own form - of that you are a master! I thank you and thank you again and in behalf of those you will never meet, nor I, for the doctrine you inspired in a style so unique that people do truly feel awe in witness of it and moreover are liberated by it in ways which will change lives for who can say how long?

May you live long!

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:57:10 UTC | #607389