CNN.com - Author Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide - Feb 21, 2005

Link: CNN.com - Author Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide - Feb 21, 2005.

I think we all need to be challenged a little more in our lives.... to have people pick our snowglobe world up, turn it upside down, and shake it up a little.  We cast aside and discount a lot of the people who push limits... who think out of the box, but they're the ones that really keep things interesting, and I think, in a way, we secretly envy them.  Its comfortable to think of ourselves as "regular" and to think of people who walk through life turning over unturned stones as some sort of fringe element.  This way, it makes us feel as if we're not missing out on anything by not testing the limits ourselves.  Its like when someone blows past you on a highway.  You yell at them and say they're going to hurt someone, but part of you wants to know what its like to drive that fast.  Sometimes, when you do that, you realize how little of the world we've limited ourselves to makes sense, and how the far the accepted reality is from where you think it should be, and that's where it takes a toll.  It took a toll on Hunter Thompson yesterday.  Yesterday, the wave finally broke and rolled back.

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered
mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live,
and too rare to die."