Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

15 Dec 2011

Zach Weinersmith, on reddit:

When you are speaking, it’s not enough that you be right. You have to be eloquent, logical, practiced, and polished. The reason Christopher Hitchens stood out among atheist speakers (even good ones like Dawkins or Tyson) wasn’t just his command of facts - it was his strength in philosophy and literature and poetry.

Put another way, be poets.

Truth has little to do with accuracy and everything to do with the ability to be sung. Regardless of your opinion of his arguments, it cannot be denied that Hitchens was a master of oratory and wordcraft. We are fortunate that we have not lost his speaking or his writing, but today we have lost an incredible mind.