In this very short clip, Charlie Rose asks Christopher Hitchens if he’d still smoke and drink a lot if he could rewind the tape of his life. Some of you might be surprised at his answer.
Like Hitch, most of us have made deliberate choices that will probably shorten our lives, and we’d realize this if we thought about it at all. We’d all live longer if we lived in a state of semi-starvation, subsisting on roots and broccoli, and completely refrained from eating any food that tastes good. And we should exercise compulsively. Few of us live this way. This represents a deliberate choice to exist for fewer years but to enjoy the years we have.