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Alan -

Example: wit and strength of opinion do not equal wisdom but there is nothing wrong with a scouring mind either.

Ben (The Tiger) -

Don't know if "amoral" is right for Hitch.

He just had different morals from most. And was a bracing read.

Alan -

Well, I think morality requires an objective construct not something you make up yourself. He had an ethical system, not a moral one. Which is fine, just different.

Ben (The Tiger) -

There speaks the preacher's son!

Alan -

See, you are learning through this relationship.

Ben (The Tiger) -

I am generally pro-Christian, but I still think you're being unfair to atheists here...

Alan -

How? That they operate on a un-admitted self-defined belief system? Much of what I say up there is actually a specific comment on Hitchens but most of it is really about our relationship as a culture with celebrity. He was an example of that sort of forceful but disengaged eloquence that one needs to be wary of. Not acting on any virtue personally but happy to disassemble others.

Ben (The Tiger) -

Are you anti-postmodernist, Alan? Down with the deconstructionists?

Alan -

What better to be "anti" than a thing that only exists to negate the prior? The modern is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay neater than the post-modern. If Hitchens was post-modern that explains why he was so eloquently forcefully shallow. Happy to be against that.