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What Christopher Hitchens meant to me cannot really be described in words. He was such an amazing human being and I cannot believe he is really gone. Over the past few months he had even exchanged emails me with me on a couple of occasions. He was truly a hero.

Christopher Hitchens was a man of courage and honor. Hitch always spoke his mind and took the fight to religious bigotry and was unapologetic about it. In addition, he was not a cultural relativist or an Islamic apologist like is the case with many atheists. He called Islamic ideology for what it truly was: totalitarianism and oppression. In addition, he was a great friend for freedom and democracy and although he was a leftist all his life, he stood and supported the Iraqi people for their quest for freedom - particularly the great Kurdish people. And as an Iranian, he was a great friend of the Iranian people and it is a shame that he was not able to see a free Iran in his lifetime. Most importantly: he was genuine and one of the most insightful and intelligent human beings I have ever heard whom possessed great insight and a realistic foresight of world problems.

I will write more on him later but he was truly a hero of mine and I don't have any other heroes. He was someone that inspired me in ways that cannot be expressed. For the rest of my life, I will try to live with his ideals and inspiration as much as I can. To be honest, right now has become one of the gloomiest and darkest days, and my heart feels empty.

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More than anything, I loved hearing him speak.  His voice was always very soothing to me, and his words so well selected that I've come to reflect more deeply on how I select my own.

I LOVE your description Nelson. And thank you Heather.

His command of the language was something to which it was worthy to aspire -> for he never terminated a sentence with a preposition.

yay for making language more clunky for no reason!

This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put.

Thanks for this, Greg.

+1

I met Christopher Hitchens at Hay in 2008 and we spoke briefly about Carl Sagan. His intellect seemed to extend like a magnetic field from his mind. He was a touchstone for me. His words are gold in our pockets. I will miss him enormously.

He was the most outspoken of the "Four Horsemen". Thanks to him and to Dawkins I came to terms with being an atheist (before I considered myself an agnostic, having left the Catholic Church).

He will be remembered.

I won't pray for him...

I am actually trying to hold back tears.  I have watched probably every single debate he has been in, some more than once.  I haven't read all his books yet, but he changed my life for the better with his words.  

Truly is a time to reflect on how great a man he was - and how great his videos and books will be for decades, if not centuries, to come.  

Me too. :(

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