Friday, April 5, 2013

Roger Ebert on what comes next

Roger Ebert, the talented film critic, died yesterday, after a long battle against throat cancer that cost him his voice and his ability to eat.

In 2011, he wrote
I know it is coming, 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.
H/T Andrew Sullivan

1 comment:

JCF said...

RIP. Roger may have believed "Rest in Nonexistence", but I still believe there's something more to it than that (that After-Life is different than Pre-Birth).

We're all in God's* hands, regardless.

* The Higher Power/Ground-of-Being of anyone's particular understanding, that is.