Day 7 – Walking with Christopher
“What is your idea of earthly happiness? To be vindicated in my own lifetime.”
— Christopher Hitchens #Hitch-22: A Memoir#
via Christopher Hitchens quotes
The snowstorm began early morning and was in full force during my walk to work. Slushy, big flakes clung to my red umbrella as the familiar voice of Christopher came into my head. He has an unusual crescendo at the end of his sentences. His punctuations are clipped, especially if he believes that a truism has been gifted to his reader. Revelling in his intellectualism and debating dexterity, he is a quintessential wordsmith. Words fall liberally from his lips and reach their target with wrenching accuracy. He is honest and has no patience for hypocrisy and ignorance, both of which he believes are in great supply. While he deplores religion, he chose Philippians 4:8, a favourite passage of mine, to be voiced at his father’s funeral. He specified the King James Version, for all others, in his estimation fall short of the glorious writing style of the KJV. (He definitely states his opinion)
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “
So at the end of day 7, I find I have no quarrel with Christopher. I also deplore hypocrisy and ignorance. And I also take pleasure in the books, authors and poets he refers to with great satisfaction. But that is another discussion.