|Luke Setzer wrote, |
I do not attend the funerals of people I disliked in life, thus making the question irrelevant to me. I cannot comment on Nathan's character or ideas, since I did not read him enough to form an opinion, although if the above quotation by Stephen Boydstun is any indication, I probably would not have thought too highly of him. Nevertheless, Luke has taken a lot of flake for the above remarks, so I have a question: Is the flak directed against his negative opinion of Nathan or against his refusal to eulogize him, given that opinion? If the latter, then I see nothing wrong with Luke's attitude. Why honor someone in death whom you did not honor in life?
For the record, I did not like Nathan Hawking. I considered him a malefactor. His departure from this forum a year ago brought me great pleasure. News of his departure from this life brings me no pain and no cause to shed tears.
Some people will now accuse me of an "ick" factor or "Objectivist Rage" or "poor taste" or worse. Nevertheless, I see no value in paying phony lip service nor of letting unearned praise go uncontested. Based on my assessment of his conduct here, the man had more vices than virtues. I remember him that way. He will RIP as all of us will eventually.
(Edited by William Dwyer
on 7/27, 8:44pm)