My Anthony Bourdain Eulogy

Only wolves and lions eat alone, you should not eat, not even a snack, on your own. – Epicurus

For years, millions of viewers shared the pleasures of travel and dining with Anthony and, although he didn’t know them, many of us felt him as a friend thanks to the familiarity and intimacy of the dining experience.

Was Anthony an Epicurean? Or at least a hedonist of some sort? Not in the end, but he did have strong hedonist tendencies, and instinctively understood many elements of the art of the good life. He outspokenly rejected the false and intangible hopes of religiosity, choosing instead the tangible pleasures that nature makes available. He understood the importance of friendship and familiarity. He reveled in the senses. He had been a thrill-seeker (some say a “bad ass”), and had the good fortune of being allowed a unique opportunity to learn to tame this tendency and channel it into the adventures and travel that ended up on the screen.

“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

Death is nothing to us. But at the same time, life is everything to us, and taking one’s life is an irreversible decision that remains shocking, when the person has so much to live for. Anthony was not on his deathbed. He was  not suffering at the final stages of a terminal disease, or lying in a battlefield in agony waiting to die. His struggles with addiction might have been an indication of continued mental health issues, but those were buried in his past. In more recent times, he had publicly acknowledged that he had the best job in the world. This is why his death is so shocking, and feels like a waste of an amazing life. But I, for one, will remember him for how he lived, not for how he died.

Live Well. Die Well. – Philodemus’ Scroll On Death

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014), 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and Epicurus of Samos – His Philosophy and Life: All the principal Classical texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo (Ukemi Audiobooks, 2020). He's the founder of, and has written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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1 Response to My Anthony Bourdain Eulogy

  1. This is the first I heard of his death. I appreciate the tenderness you showed to an amazing man. Rest in peace, Mr. Bourdain.


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