Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Monday, February 21, 2005  

Fear and Loathing in Aspen, CO.

Hunter S. Thompson was one of those dinosaurs who lived long past his prime. He was a man, like many, for whom change was impossible. Having created a self-conscious persona - a wild man, iconoclast, vulgarian curmudgeon - where did he leave any room for honest introspection and openness to grace?

I am tempted to imagine that his last act of life was one of defiance or a forceful - "oh, the hell with it all!" - kind of thing rather than a sorrow filled moment of despair, self-pity, or wounded helplessness.

Thompson was a fool whom many admired because he made them laugh with his antics and cynicism, but I bet his wife and son aren't laughing.

You look at Thompson and realize why the Catholic Church considered suicide a mortal sin and an express ticket to hell.

I suppose there will a great many people who will say, "He died like he lived - on his own terms."

Exactly. The life of a fool and a eunuch.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:07 AM |