The Last Testament
of Hunter S. Thompson


"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun _ for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax _ This won't hurt."
-- Hunter S. Thompson; 4 days before the end.

9 comments:

Vanwall said...

I loved his first meeting with Bill Murray!

Sam said...

That...Was Cool. He wanted to go out the way he wanted. Mind you, I don't recomend taking your own life, but when a man like Thompson has lived the life he has, he has perfect say of how it should end.

Why do I feel a debate about suicide coming on?

Tom Sutpen said...

Sam wrote:

That...Was Cool. He wanted to go out the way he wanted. Mind you, I don't recomend taking your own life, but when a man like Thompson has lived the life he has, he has perfect say of how it should end.

Why do I feel a debate about suicide coming on?

*****
You won't get any debate from me. I think if a person's rational, if they've thought it through, and they truly believe they have no options (regardless of the situation . . . who are we to judge the validity of anyone's pain, after all) then they should have every right to exercise that option. In Thompson's case (providing this is a legitimate suicide note which has surfaced), as you say, not making that final decision, whatever it could have been, would have been contra naturum.

Yan said...

I'm not sure it makes sense to speak of a "right" to suicide. (Anymore than it make sense to outlaw suicide--"stop killing yourself, or we'll shoot!")

To kill yourself isn't simply a rejection of your own life, but a rejection of the world as such. With the world one rejects any sense of responsibility to the world or vice versa. Consequently rejecting one's own claim to "rights" of any kind. It's an amoral act--beyond good and evil--and thus the agent cannot make any moral claims upon others. Either for the right not to be prevented, or the "right" to be respected for their decision.

Sam said...

See?

mwl said...

Sam said...

See?


You called it.

Yan said...

Nope. It's not a debate until there's a second response.

Sam said...

If you notice Yan, I was joking about the whole thing. You'll understand when I say that you should let this go and move on to more centerfolds. Debate on those.

Jonderson said...

Moral issues aside, suicide (at least in this case) is cowardly. I find it ironic that a man who railed against cowardice his whole career ended up killing himself merely because he was afraid of being old. Ironic, and hypocritical.