Why Hunter S. Thompson Still Matters

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Hunter S. Thompson is seen a cult hero. He is most known for his advocation of substance abuse; an idol for teens who want to live on the edge. In my opinion, Hunter is admired for all the wrong reasons.  He was an amazing writer, journalist and philosopher.

Thompson originally planned to join the Air Force but was too wild for the army, with his commanding officer claiming he was talented, but his rebellious attitude began to rub off on other service men.

His rebellious nature carried on through his life and through his writing; especially in his gonzo journalism. He began to publish articles for well-established American magazines, but wrote in the first person instead of giving an objective account of events.

His most famous book Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas was originally meant to be an article for Sports Illustrated. It’s evident that Hunter was far too creative for the restrictions that journalism put in place for him. He broke down walls and created a style of writing that will celebrated for years to come.

I am especially interested in Hunter’s philosophical writing. In Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century, Hunter writes:

“At the top of the mountain, we are all snow leopards.”

This quote has stuck with me for quite some time. It is a very empowering statement. When we feel good about ourselves, we can do anything we like. Hunter has provided us with many statements like this which are often overlooked.

You can find more Hunter S. Thompson quotes here. I hope that you get inspired by him and will check out his writing.

He committed suicide at the age of 67 in 2005. But beyond the grave, Hunter was still a mad man.  He requested that his ashes be shot out of a canon. Maybe he was too weird to live? In my opinion, he was too rare to die.

You can watch a very interesting documentary about Hunter’s life here; in which it talks about his about typing and re-typing The Great Gatsby at the beginning of his career, his running for Sheriff and also many great interviews with close friends like Johnny Depp.

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