I've known about this speech of Christopher's for a while, and to date, I think that it is among the most powerful, poignant and important speeches he has ever made. Still, to hear it again, with the visual and musical accompaniment given here, is to add a subtle something extra ... which is why I offer it to you:
It's also an excuse to restate those last wonderful and impact-full words:
[T]he offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can't give way, is an offer of something not worth having. 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 look at those of you who tell you, 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
Thanks for sharing this, Loren.
These words inspire and motivate me to claim access to all my senses, in the here and now, even as I have memories of the past and memories of my preferred future. Hitchens opens doors to life and living.
"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."
~ Christopher Hitchens
Kept this on the PC as "Unread" until I found time to watch and listen. Almost makes me weep at the thought we have lost so brilliant a mind. Thanks for posting it.
We've only lost him in that, sadly, he will never have something NEW to contribute to the conversation now. What he has brought us, though, is so rich and full that we would be a while absorbing it all.
James, I'm glad you enjoyed this. It was my pleasure putting it up.