The best epitaph for Roger Ebert was one he wrote himself


Roger Ebert wrote THIS 19 months ago:

I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn’t shake my sense of wonder and joy…

Raised as a Roman Catholic, I internalized the social values of that faith and still hold most of them, even though its theology no longer persuades me. I have no quarrel with what anyone else subscribes to; everyone deals with these things in his own way, and I have no truths to impart. All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it. I know a priest whose eyes twinkle when he says, “You go about God’s work in your way, and I’ll go about it in His.”…

“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.



  1. Steverino

    Two thumbs up!

  2. Robert

    Although I was raised Catholic, I like Roger, can say its theology no longer persuades me. But, I think his Catholic upbringing may be what allowed Roger to become the human being he did and make the realization he lived long enough to discover. I’m proud to have been raised in the Catholic faith. It gave me my foundation to move on with in life. Although I’m sure there are some very rigid black and white type Catholics in their beliefs, most that I know are not narrow minded people.

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