’Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, 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.
Words from the masterful and singularly elegant wordsmith Roger Ebert, who died today at the age of 70 after a long and winding battle with various cancers.
If you haven’t already, read his beautiful semi-farewell, "I do not fear death". It makes the loss of its author more painfully palpable, but in that, even, there is joy – in celebrating what we were given, and acknowledging what was taken before his time.
RIP, Roger. The balconies are dark tonight.