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Hitch - A Eulogy By Sam Harris


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Kit
- 947 days ago - samharris.org
For those of us who sometimes agreed or often disagreed with Christopher Hitchens, it was indeed a sad day to learn of his death. One more shining light of intellectual brilliance has left us.



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Mike S. (85)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 9:22 am
This shining light of reason and rationality will be sorely missed. Thank you for posting KIt.
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:07 am
He's ALWAYS been near the top of the "famous people I want to have drinks/conversation with" list! I admire his courage, intelligence, humour and linguistic ability.
 

Terry King (108)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:21 am
I often agreed with him and always respected his candor.
 

William K. (328)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:36 am
He was a great man and will be sorely missed.
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 1:09 pm
Who said, ''If god were a man today, he would be an atheist?'' A big pet peeve of mine, is how the church has mainly turned into the same kind of people who did kill the Lamb. The Bible was only meant to be a foundation. There are truths in all Cultures.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 1:14 pm

I think that's a Kurt Vonnegut quote, if not it sure sounds like Vonnegut.
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 1:42 pm
Yes Kit.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 2:10 pm
So sad..(
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 2:54 pm
And the wheel turns and the wheel turns and we are all bound to the wheel.

I can just see this dude with Lord Kal Niranjan sitting beside a great fireplace, completly enjoying one another's company.

Hands were shaken heartily and masculine hugs exchanged.

Kal laughs, "I don't believe in you either."

They are old friends, heartily laughing together at the befuddlement of mortals.

"Kal grins. So, do you want to sit in my chair, Bro?"

Chris laughs, "Nope. I like believing in ME."


 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:28 pm
" If God were alive today, he would be an atheist. " -- Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:39 pm
I think with many sceptics and atheists it is possible they do not so much "not believe" in Creator, they just don't believe in God the way the religious picture him. I don't believe in that God either.

I believe in a fun loving, egotistical, genius who was sick and tired of illusions in the higher worlds, illusions without challenge. How many rolls of eternity can one put up with when there is no challenge? Would you like to play in the corner with paper dolls who always respond as you choose when you pull the strings.
Well Yah doesn't.

Creator limited itself in the creation of these worlds and in the rules we all accepted. Every cause has an effect and every effect has a cause. Some call it karma. And it wasn't such a good idea.

If you want to check out Job, you'll find "Satan" and Yah are capital fellows who enjoy a good bet even at mortals' expense. It was fair to Job. Remember, he said, "That which I feared has come upon me." So Job had been doing his share in the creation of "Oh, Mamma!"

Everything is fair. We don't need fair. At this point in the grand game of life, we need mercy!!! This was provided by the archetype universal savior, Yahshua.

"thou has created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created"
Revelations 4:11

We each have a right to speak our minds.

Zee has spoken.

ROFLMAO


Lord Kal, I love you just the way you are.



 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:11 pm
Oh, by the way, do you know that the name, Kal is in almost every religion.....as well as, due to his fun nature, superboy is also called Kal El (El is a name for God which basically means powerful one. Even a governor can be an El.)

In the Hebrew (Kal Ha Aretz) means Lord of Earth,

His name is also known in the Illuminati.

If you are a thinker, as I am, and a Seeker, as I am, that's some grist for your mill that is, of course, if your primary interest is to know Creator as he is. Most folks don't want to!
 

Robert B. (57)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:32 pm
A life well lived.
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:30 pm
Thanks, Michael, Kit....I've somehow missed that quote and will NOT lose it!

We create a "god" because we recognize our own incapability in controlling nature and "fate." So, we create a big, superior being to take care of that for us....name it anything you like.
 

Vivien Green (150)
Monday December 19, 2011, 4:22 am
Sadly noted thank you Kit.
His passing will not diminish THE VOICE FOR REASON, his prolific works will provide present and future generations with much to ponder on.
His dignity during the terminal phase of his illness was inspirational.
A giant of a man!!! He will be sorely missed!!!
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday December 19, 2011, 6:50 am

Yes, a life well lived and fortunately for many of us, a life big enough to share. I will miss him. Christopher was often a guest on Bill Maher and, could wax sarcastically with Bill without cracking a smile.

When interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Christopher was asked did now wonder about god or think differently about his belief system. His answer was absolute and unwavering, not it did not change anything about him other then chemo-is not fun. It's was not for Christopher Hitchens about religion or what image of a god man has portrayed for that, rather it was about his own, very rational mind.

Anderson Cooper told him that many are praying for his complete recovery, Hitch said he was aware of that and did appreciate their well wishes, but of course as he said there are just a many wishing for him to die a slow, painful death, those wishes too are constructed as prayers.

Hitch did not wish to change anyone's thinking and try to make them believe as he did, and he did fully respect and appreciate that each person will find their inner peace or rational self as it fits their life. Hitch respected others to believe as they wished and only wanted those who are content with their beliefs to let him be as he was.

 

Dianne Lien (78)
Monday December 19, 2011, 8:47 am
""It is a cliché to say that he was one of a kind and none can fill his shoes—but Hitch was and none can. In his case not even the most effusive tributes ring hollow. There was simply no one like him.""Sam Harris AMen
 

Nita N. (20)
Monday December 19, 2011, 8:50 am
Sam Harris is a very classy, intelligent man , speaking about an equally classy, brilliant and witty friend. I miss Hitch, and will depend on Harris, Dawkins, Myers, Downard et al to carry on the good work.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:02 pm
Hitch poke his mind and although I didn't always agree read each article of his to the end

-Holly
 

Val R. (230)
Monday December 19, 2011, 1:49 pm
Thanks Kit!
 

shirley s. (0)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:22 pm
How is it in hell all your comrades will be joining you. The truth hurts and cannot be subject to relativism which Chris did in lying regarding God; Chris worshipped Satan which God will point out to all you people of Nineveh.
 

Sandra H. (16)
Monday December 19, 2011, 3:52 pm
A loss to us all. I watched Mr.Hitchens several times on Real Time with Bill Maher...will miss him!!
 

Karla H. (6)
Monday December 19, 2011, 4:37 pm
oh shirley s. you so funny

Gute Nacht Christopher, i'll miss you.
 

Linda h. (86)
Monday December 19, 2011, 9:58 pm
He spent years promoting the Iraq war. I found that disgusting.
 

Rosemary G. (80)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:15 pm
So sorry he pased away so young and too soon to realize that his support for the illegal war in Iraq was a huge mistake.
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:39 pm
love-hate. he was dead wrong about mother teresa. i'm still waiting for a brilliant atheist who changes the stereotypical face of atheism.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 3:04 am
all you sad God haters and deniers your days are NUMBERED!!
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 3:14 am
The Established Church has made an image of GOD which is false. Its really sad that they have turned many off to some truths which are in the Bible. There are truths in all cultures. THE-MEDIA-RIGHT-STORM are the same kind of people who did kill the Lamb. Jeremiah 23, where you can find the words, ''In the latter days you will clearly understand,'' is clear in its rebuke at religious leaders then and now.-as it state they are leading people into futility and profit them nothing.

The Time Is Now
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 6:37 am

There are some really self-righteous, discourteous people that claim to "know the mind of god." When you folks attack a man after his death, with vile so called knowledge, it does nothing more then reinforce the mean spirited attitude that has turned so many away from religion. A satanists? Are you totally insane or just stupid? Neither Hitch nor any other atheist hates god, they simply don't accept your concept of a higher being. If that so shakes your belief system, then perhaps it really is not all that firm a belief.
 

Brittany Valdes-pages (197)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 10:49 am
Thanks for posting.
 

Sacha Jones (18)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 4:30 pm
Thanks for posting Kit.

RIP Hitch. I have long admired your intelligence and wit. I believe even Tony Blair said you were the most intelligent person he had ever met. For once I agree with him. Richard Dawkins comes a very close second. But there will never be another Christopher Hitchens.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 4:51 pm

I think the nut jobs that have posted here would have been entertaining to Hitch, just as he would be pleased that he left a following that cared about his passing.
 

Hiedi T. (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:09 pm
He definitely influenced how I see religion -any religion- now. After reading god is not great, I realized how much I have been missing, and started reading similar books by other authors. Thank you Mr. Hitchens, wherever and whatever you maybe now.
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:02 pm
I found him to be very amusing.. loved the anal sex being over rated remark and his hatred of all religions and his take on what each religion really means.. mostly mistaken but still humorous , even funnier if he was drunk. .and while he stole a lot of his stuff on religion from Marxs he was still funnier than Marxs..and got to say he gave us Christians some big smiles..but I am really glad he was not one of us.. we already have Pat Robertson thanks..who is also funny in his own way.. Just glad Pat does not drink.. he would probably not be that funny..

I find folks who do not care what others think to be interesting.. And Hitch did not care a fig for anyone..and while I do not agree with his saying it is necessary for young folks to be bisexual like he was for I think that was just his choice not something everyone should try..I do not stand against him for doing so.

You may think from the things I say that I did not care for him.. and as a person I would not have chosen him as a husband for one of my daughters but I would have chosen him as a friend..because he was very much full of life and always had a good wit ready to cut down any one who got in his way..

He said many things I would have liked to say.. and I understood some of the reasons he felt as he did..
 

Beth S. (319)
Friday December 23, 2011, 5:34 am
I was glad that he, like Sam Harris, and Pat Condell realized and spoke up passionately about the danger of the spread of Islam especially in the West. He gave a very reasoned, non-religious rationale to crystalize just what the dangers are and gave a general direction for how to deal with it.
 

kaisuorvokki m. (26)
Monday December 26, 2011, 4:07 am
Sometimes I agreed, sometimes I disagreed, but I must say this: Hitchens could explain his antitheism in articulate, intelligent manner. Ditto to Dawkins.
 
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