Joy

April 10th, 2013

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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.

The late Roger Ebert in this amazing 2010 Esquire feature.

 

“Esse est percipi (to be is to be photographed) was the beginning, middle, and end of our singular idea of the world. In the past of mine, people were naïve; they believed that certain merchandise was good because it’s own makers claimed so over and over again. Robberies were also frequent, though everyone knew that the possession of money brings no greater happiness or peace of mind.”

Jorge Luis Borges, “Utopia of a Tired Man”