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then again, how can a man like this be regarded as a 'great man' by you and others is entirely mistifying to me. the cult-like fanatism that some people have towards him is actually quite scary.



It is not so mystifying to the rest of the world. It is simply because your brain is so stunted that you can not grasp the fact that there is a possibility of opinions that differ from your own.

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we shouldn't aspire to be rational either. we should accept our nature as it is because that's what makes us great. our capacity to dream, to coinceive and to let our imaginations run wild with myths, legends and religions are part of who we are and a deep militant hitchens-like desire to turn us totally rational can only impoverish our spirts, much like it imporished hitchens' mind.
it's your choice if you want to live complacently with your delusions, luckily many people are smarter than this

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i think you can be accused of both, tbh.
I can be called anything you want to call me, wouldn't make it true

there's a huge difference between choosing someone to admire when you are an adult compared to clinging to childish religious concepts that you were raised to blindly accept as the indisputable truth
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It is true that the core of the human being extends beyond rationality (and that our metaphysical presuppostions are decided on grounds that are pre-rational or a-rational), but this does not for one moment mean that we "shouldn't aspire to be rational," nor that we should delight in the irrational.
why is that? if we accept our irrationality as a part of ourserves, as it indeed is, then there's no need to aspire to be 100% rational as that would mean to aspire to deny a part of who we are, a part of our very nature.

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Nor would I concede, as you seem to, that "religion" is necessarily or intrinsically irrational. Again, while it is true that much of its proper content might be said to be a-rational, this does not mean that any given religion's claims should be protected from the tribunal of reason. Indeed, one of the many reasons that I find Christianity so compelling is that, taking the "whole picture" into consideration, it is the only worldview that satisfies the demands of reason.
as a Christian man myself i've got to say that if you think that believing in a omniscient and invisible Holy Being who created everything and who can do anything is "the only worldview that satisfies the demands of reason", then you're simply deluded. I mean no offense or irony with this. in point of fact, i've gotta admit that your defense of religion as something that satisfies reason's demands is even somewhat endearing to me as I can tell how deep your faith is.

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Finally, you are actually giving Hitchens far too much credit by saying that "total rationality" has "impoverished Hitchens's mind." He was not, in fact, terribly rational at all. His books lacked intellectual sophistication and he was regularly trounced in the scholarly debates that he undertook. His undeniable urbane charm, however, was enough to please the choir and impress the unreflective.
could be. i haven't read a single of his books nor do i plan to read one. in that regard, there are tons of other writers more worthy of my time than hitch.


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it's your choice if you want to live complacently with your delusions, luckily many people are smarter than this
your pretension that reality is something you can truly grasp and that believing in religions and myths is delusional or even stupid is also a bit endearing in its own right.


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yes, and because of your own decisions you're sure that a bush war supporter is a 'great man'. it's cute.

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He was a neocon warmongering clown who was all style over substance. Though that style was very entertaining.
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He was a neocon warmongering clown who was all style over substance. Though that style was very entertaining.
strage how thats the reason i hate quentin tarantino films...

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Who is he and why should anyone care. Lots of people die every day and nobody gives a damn
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He was a neocon warmongering clown who was all style over substance. Though that style was very entertaining.
Neocon and Trotskyist. He had every flaw.
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So... The Hitch died several years ago and the hatred towards Muslims has only gotten bigger in the West.

I wonder what would the Hitch write these days. I presume he would be in favour of carpet bombing Syria. He would probably have supported Hillary Clinton's campaign too.

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Neocon and Trotskyist. He had every flaw.
Neocons are all ex-Trots pretty much. Good old "permanent revolution".

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So... The Hitch died several years ago and the hatred towards Muslims has only gotten bigger in the West.

I wonder what would the Hitch write these days. I presume he would be in favour of carpet bombing Syria. He would probably have supported Hillary Clinton's campaign too.
Plenty of Muslims are fighting the Islamists in Syria and Iraq, particularly the secular and democratic SDF. Everyone should hate fundamentalists.

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He was a neocon warmongering clown who was all style over substance. Though that style was very entertaining.
True!

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I wonder what would the Hitch write these days. I presume he would be in favour of carpet bombing Syria. He would probably have supported Hillary Clinton's campaign too.
He most definitely would!
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So... The Hitch died several years ago and the hatred towards Muslims has only gotten bigger in the West.

I wonder what would the Hitch write these days. I presume he would be in favour of carpet bombing Syria. He would probably have supported Hillary Clinton's campaign too.
Hitchens supporting Clinton? Impossible.

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Plenty of Muslims are fighting the Islamists in Syria and Iraq, particularly the secular and democratic SDF. Everyone should hate fundamentalists.
You don't necessarily need to hate them, but to fight them in all fronts: financially, militarily and theoretically.
Sunni Fundamentalists are the worst hardcore religious fanatics that ever existed in human civilization.

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