Mortality –– Christopher Hitchens

  • Author: Christopher Hitchens

  • Date Started: [[December 31st, 2021]]

  • Date Finished: [[March 8th, 2022]]

  • Type: Kindle

  • To the dumb question "Why me?", the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?

  • It is not for the mere human to be presuming that he or she can advise the divine. And this, sad to say, opens #religion to the additional charge of corruption

  • It made me wonder if perhaps there was a room for a short handbook of cancer etiquette. This would apply to sufferers as well as sympathizers. [[Maybe You Should Talk To Someone - Lori Gottlieb]]

  • One almost develops a kind of elitism about the uniqueness of one's own personal disorder. [[pain]]

  • It's no fun to appreciate to the full the truth of the materialist proposition that I don't have a body, I am a body. #mind-body

  • If something is worth hearing or listening to, it's very probably worth reading. So this above all: Find your own voice

    • The most satisfying compliment a reader can pay is to tell me that he or she feels personally addressed #reading
  • "He gave three reasons. Another agonizing stroke could hit him, forcing him to suffer it all over again. His family was being put through a hellish experience. Medical resources were being pointlessly expended."

    • In his essay, he used a potent phrase to describe the position of others who suffer like this, referring to them as lying on "mattress graves".
  • I wondered if things looked as red and inflamed within as they did without.

  • It's probably a merciful thing that pain is impossible to describe from memory. It's also impossible to warn against.

  • But, as with the normal life, one finds that every passing day represents more and more relentlessly subtracted from less and less.

  • Whatever view one takes of the outcome being affected by morale, it seems certain that the realm of illusion must be escaped before anything else.

  • If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.

  • Reference to [[Einsein's Dreams - Alan Lightman]]