Roger Ebert has some wisdom to share.

February 21st, 2010

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We’d all do well to heed it.

I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

That comes from an excellent profile of Ebert, whose bouts of cancer have cost him the ability to eat or speak for the past four years, in the current issue of Esquire. The article has just been made available online; it’s well worth a read.

3 Responses to “Roger Ebert has some wisdom to share.”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I read the Esquire article a few days ago and was deeply moved. I’m sure that he was always a thoughtful man, but facing cancer, not to mention the drastic changes in his life, seems to have brought out something special in him. I feel lucky that he has been able to share what he’s learned.

  2. Tim Walker Says:

    You put that very well, Barbara — I’m with you on all of that.

  3. Barbara Says:

    And as a followup, this piece was linked to today’s Romenesko: http://deadspin.com/5482198/my-roger-ebert-story I think it adds just an extra bit of resonance to the Esquire story.

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