Actor Keanu Reeves said something May 11 on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that may be one of the best secular quotes ever.
Discussing Reeves’ upcoming second sequel to the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure series, in which Bill and his sidekick, Ted, must save the universe by writing the perfect song, Colbert asked Reeves:
“What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?”
Thinking for a second and after a long exhale, Reeves replied (at 9:51 in the video embedded in this post):
“I know that the ones who love us will miss us.”
Exactly. That’s all we know for sure in reality.
Without dissing religion or getting into the philosophical weeds of immortality, Reeves gave the perfect, wholly respectful, rejoinder to supernatural speculations.
That moment in the video is great but the rest of the clip is also engaging, as a seemingly unpretentious superstar (John Wick, The Matrix, My Own Private Idaho, etc.) riffs about how fun — and, really, unimportant — making movies is.
“It’s a movie!” he said with good-natured dismissiveness when Colbert waxes amazed about the magical sequences in the latest John Wicks film.
The new Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure sequel now in production, titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, follows the original teen blockbuster (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). In the comedic sci-fi series, William “Bill” S. Preston (played by Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (played by Reeves) are two “metalhead slackers” who travel through time.
Just thought I’d share a excellent answer atheists might well consider whenever they’re asked the same question.