Thought For Today — Hunter S. Thompson
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a
pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Today, we decided to throw out some thoughts about one of our favorite observations about the state of leaving this world, as stated by the one and only Hunter S. Thompson. If you’d never had the strange, yet weirdly fascinating enjoyment of reading any of Mr. Thompson’s works, you may miss this point. For those who are familiar with this “Gonzo” journalist, you may understand how difficult it is too aptly describe a man so complex, so completely ridiculous, so funny…the sad thing is, we wonder: did he really live up to his own ideal of leaving his human existence, his body, in the way that he believed one should?
Our favorite work of his, “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas“ allows us to understand that the man enjoyed partaking in the trials, and adventuresome errors, of a variety of mind-bending chemical substances; by getting this excellent voyeuristic tour of such madness, we were able to come to the conclusion that perhaps, yes, he did indeed leave the earth as he described he would or wanted to.
Unfortunately, for those who saw so much more in his work and in him as a person, he left us in a way that may or may not have been surprising, but still left us grieving, no matter: he died by suicide.
And yes, we felt it was a pity. But we cannot know the tortures that pursued the man’s personal thoughts, feelings, or decision in the end that brought him to the ultimate moment…the moment he chose to squeeze the trigger and bring down the final curtain. So we do not judge.
We do hope that if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, check out a copy of “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas” — if nothing else, you’ll find yourself laughing so hard, you may draw strange looks…and if you can’t find the time to read, the second option is the movie by the same title.
©2014, C.S. Thompson.