Friday, 26 August 2011

The Contrarian

christopher hitchensI'm currently reading Christopher Hitchens, an activity that is simply delightful. As I said before, I don't always agree with the guy, but he is so good at expressing himself that I very much like hearing what he says. It makes me think of things in various previously unimaginable ways.
One of the ways in which Hitchens describes himself uses a word I have never heard before - contrarian. It appears Hitchens takes pride in taking an opposite view to that of the mainstream; he likes to disagree, he is good at explaining why he disagrees, but he will also admit to being wrong when presented with counter evidence.
I have to admit I like that contrarian quality; it is something I would like to aspire to. I probably am already a contrarian, to one extent or another. Being able to speak one's mind openly, with clarity and without fear of reprisal is a quality I find admirable, especially if one's opinion tends to be evidence based. I can't expect many people to be as good as Hitchens when it comes to being a contrarian; the number of people who can out-debate him is probably less than the number of fingers on one of my hands. Still, there is no wrong in being inspired, and Hitchens is an inspiration. If Hitchens is a 10 out of 10 grade contrarian than I am probably a 3; which means the only way is up.
I am therefore issuing a warning: expect an increase in this blog's reporting of stuff that would make you cringe. Expect to be offended.


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