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Letter from Hunter S Thompson

(reposted from iheartintelligence website, Justin Gammill, June 25th 2015)

“57 years ago, a 22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson wrote a letter to his friend Hume, who had asked him for advice … The letter, in my opinion, is a pure statement of faith, written by one of the most influential writers of our time, solely for the purpose of helping his friend. I know the letter wasn’t written to me, but I still read it like it was”.

Dear Hume,

You ask advice: ah, what a very human and very dangerous thing to do! For to give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself…

letter to a friend HS Thompson