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Hunter Thompson + Pope= Rant

I have read several eulogies to Hunter Thompson this week. Although his writing was not for me, I can understand why others praised it. However, I cannot understand why others have praised his taking of his own life. He had a broken leg and a broken hip and walked with a limp. He was probably in pain, sure. But to take your own life for that is an act of cowardice, not bravery.

I am not Catholic, but I can't help admiring the Pope in this one aspect: he is using the fact of his illness as an opportunity to show how to deal with suffering. This man can barely breathe, yet he clings to his life and work with tenacity. Suffering is part of the human condition, and how one chooses to deal with it is a measure of one's character.

If you had known my mother-in-law, you would have understood the concept. Her attitude toward life was positive and active, down to the very end of it. That, my friends, is true fearlessness.

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daisydumont
Feb. 24th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
good post. i've been noticing essays about the pope's illness as a public lesson in dealing gracefully with old age and infirmity. i find it quite inspiring.
lonestarslp
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think your family is inspiring also.
daisydumont
Feb. 24th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
oh, thank you!
cake_o_rama
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
Amen sister. It still hurts too much sometimes to tell this and I know you've known the recent pain of loss too but it's like my mama told me when she got sick, "no guarantees, there was never an expiration date on my birth certificate that I noticed" and she suffered every single day of the 3 months she dealt with her cancer...it just confirmed what I'd always secretly feared about Thompson as an American Lit grad student. He talked a good game but deep down, he was a pussy. Apologies for crudeness, sometimes it just fits.
lonestarslp
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Suffering is not for sissies! And your mama was no sissy!
cake_o_rama
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
and even more? Neither are we!
niyabinghi
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more. And why that method---to leave such a horrific mess for his son to find? THAT part really gripes me.

Although, as I come along, I have come to realize how frequently odd sometimes people's responses to certain things are, like a kind of defense mechanism. I suppose though, it would probably be 'poor taste' for any of his family to state they are furious at him, but at least it would be honest.
lonestarslp
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
I imagine they will feel angry and sad and guilty all at the same time. It was a tragedy, just not a heroic one.
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