18 December 2011

As thinking people and as humans

The tributes have been flowing and as someone who has only cracked the surface of one of his books, I wasn't sure what to say until I found this quote.
[W]e have the same job we always had, to say, as thinking people and as humans, that there are no final solutions, there is no absolute truth, there is no supreme leader, there is no totalitarian solution that says that if you will just give up your freedom of inquiry, if you would just give up, if you will simply abandon your critical faculties, a world of idiotic bliss can be yours. 
I am nowhere near his level but the older I get the more I am convinced that we have to think, we have to use our noggins, we have to resist the allure (and the lie) of safety in materialism, the bliss of ignorance, and anything resembling dogma.

Norm at normblog has links to a variety of tributes.

RIP Christopher Hitchens.

Source: Hitchens' acceptance speech of the Atheist Alliance of America's Richard Dawkins Award, reprinted in the Observer.

1 comment:

  1. He also wrote, concerning god, "What can be asserted without evidence can be refuted without evidence."