How to Live

Roger Ebert is dying and showing us how to live. Found at Pharyngula on February 19:

My favorite excerpt:

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.

“To make others less happy is a crime.” Review an earlier post, here, “Christians are the bad guy? How did that happen?” How many fundamentalists (enter any religion) have made gays, women, slaves, etc, unhappy? And the only reason for such was ego or greed.

“We must try to contribute joy to the world.” I, too, am happy I have lived long enough to find this out.


5 thoughts on “How to Live

  1. I read Ebert’s blog/reviews often. One of the few blogs I read, along with this one. He’s still a very interesting writer.

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