Hunter S. Thompson is revered and reviled depending on who you are asking. In either case, he managed to make quite a few valid and memorable points in his writing. Yesterday, I happened upon one of his quotes that I hadn’t read in quite some time.
> Who is the happier man, he who has braced the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
I am not so sure that this is an easy to answer question as I know some people who have stayed securely on the shore and clam to be content. However, none of them have examined their lives from a death bed perspective yet.
This is not to say that one must be dying to realize that not taking risks and not living life fully is a recipe for regret. On the contrary, HST and others have provided us with many lifetimes worth of questions and statements that distill the philosophy and challenge us to do it.
It’s stormy outside today. I think I’ll go for a walk.