I met an odd old man yesterday. He said he worked on documentaries. He also asked leading questions like, "Do you know the difference between a mystic and a madman?" I replied I wasn't sure what he meant. He said, "The mystic swims where the madman drowns."
In other words some people can make order out of chaos. Situations that depress the hell out of the average person are a challenge to a mystic.
The man went on to say he knew Hunter S. Thomson and had even talked with him not to long ago. Hunter was working on a story about the relationship between George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden. Many people are aware the Bin Ladens and the Bush family have been friends. Hunter had managed to get a picture of George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden taken in Saudi Arabia when they where both children.
Hunter was a tenacious investigator. He was not intimidated by the rightwing hate mongers. When Hunter bit into a story he thrived on the chase, and he was working on a whopper when he supposedly killed himself.
Asking dangerous questions was a way of life for Hunter S. Thomson.