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“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.
    —    Roger Ebert
(1942-2013)
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On This Day In:
2012 More Than A Race
2011 Institutionalized Leadership

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I know it is coming (death), and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.  I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path.  I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state.  I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter.  You can’t say it wasn’t interesting.  My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip.  I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.
   —    Roger Ebert
[ I found this at: http://responsiveuniverse.wordpress.com
The actual post was: http://responsiveuniverse.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/roger-ebert-i-do-not-fear-death/    —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Until Found
2011 Reducing Goods To Data
The Fog Of Civilization Building

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Life demands assessment.  Indeed, it’s often improved by hearing from the Roger Eberts of the world (or whoever the equivalent is in the Review Your Purchases genre).  But we have to watch how much outside assessment we let in.  There’s something heartbreaking about surrendering to strangers the delicate moment of giving order to the world.  In those instances when we bring our cognitive reasoning to bear on our surroundings, when we aim our singularly human powers of evaluation at a piece of art or a fellow person, it’s a fundamental expression of the self.  There are wonderfully democratic and empowering things about an Internet full of anonymous voices.  But when those opinions replace our own blundering around for truth, we’re in trouble.  Too much charting becomes an unnecessary handrail, too many floodlights along the dark path.  I give that only two out of five stars.
    -–    Chris Colin
From the article:  “Rate This Article: What’s Wrong with the Culture of Critique
Appearing in:  Wired Magazine, dtd:  August 2011
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