In of 1958, Hunter S. Thompson was 22 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life advice april.
Thompson’s letter, present in Letters of Note, provides several of the most thoughtful and profound advice I’ve ever run into.
22, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City april
You ask advice: ah, just exactly exactly what a really human being and incredibly dangerous thing to do! For to provide advice to a guy whom asks how to proceed together with life suggests one thing very near to egomania. To presume to aim a guy to the right and goal that is ultimate to point with a shaking little finger when you look at the RIGHT direction is one thing merely a trick would take upon himself.
I will be perhaps not a trick, but We respect your sincerity in asking my advice. We ask you to answer however, in paying attention as to the We state, to keep in mind that most advice is only able to be an item regarding the guy whom provides it. What exactly is truth to a single are tragedy to some other. I really do perhaps maybe not see life throughout your eyes, nor you through mine. You specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind if I were to attempt to give.
“To be, or perhaps not to be: that’s the concern: Whether ’tis nobler in your brain to suffer the slings and arrows of crazy fortune, or even to just just take arms against an ocean of troubles … ” (Shakespeare)