I don’t know how much coverage exists in the rest of the country, but it’s a perfect time to be in Chicago as all the media pays tribute to Roger Ebert after his passing. They’re writing a great movie — a love story of his affection for life and the movies and a romantic comedy featuring his wife Chaz and all the tender, individual moments that make up a great screenplay.
And every great movie makes you laugh and cry. It’s sad to hear of his passing — I saw him at a couple of gigs over the years and he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. And just knowing that a great human spirit is not on the Earth does make one sad. But at the same time we’re left with some wonderful quotes to help all of our own lives, goal and paths. Just like a great movie, we walk out of theater inspired to do great things.
“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.
Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way.
Thanks Roger, I am going to finish that screenplay.