‘The Hitch’- Christopher Hitchens documentary

A second post on Christopher Hitchens Day: this is a wonderful indie documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark. It features footage from a variety of sources with commentary in Hitchens own words from talks, speeches and interviews.

Kristoffer has produced a really excellent film.

‘The Hitch’- Christopher Hitchens documentary

Christopher Hitchens: happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom

A previous Hitchens post on the anniversary of his birth.

Think for yourself

I want to live my life taking the risk, all the time, that I don’t know anything like enough yet. That I haven’t understood enough. That I can’t know enough. That I’m always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’d urge you to look at […] those people who tell you, at your age, that you’re dead until you believe as they do. What a terrible thing to be telling to children. And that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don’t think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice. Push it aside however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.

— Christopher Hitchens, 2010

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I’ve just started reading Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens. I was very taken by the sentiment in this paragraph.

If there is anybody known to you who might benefit from a letter or a visit, do not on any account postpone the writing or the making of it. The difference made will almost certainly be more than you have calculated.