To Friends and Teachers I’ve Never Met

Esquire has published a beautiful article on one of my luminaries, someone from whom I have benefited immeasurably. I am referring to Roger Ebert.

I am grateful that he has shared the immense richness of his life with us all.

I would suggest that anyone engaged in the human experience of life read the article, but especially to those who are in love with the written word.

I took the following quote from the article. Only read it if you do not intend to read the article. As with most wisdom, its real depth is lost if you weren’t along for the journey to find 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. – Roger Ebert

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