by Brad Nelson 11/24/13
Man cannot be a religious creature, or a good creature, unless he has a sense of gratitude. Democrats instinctively (perhaps unconsciously) know this which is why they stoke grievance and dissatisfaction amongst their constituents.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is certainly a feel-good film. But it is far more than that. It is a slice of the American Dream and of the American Character. If it is not always as it should be, in practice, it is what we aspire to.
It is common in some parts of the worlds for life to be cheap. Dennis Prager has a saying: There are two types of people, the decent and the indecent. I suspect most of us delve into a little a both. But there are clearly indecent people. And a people can be made indecent by bad values, bad politics, and just bad bad. This is the legacy that Obama and his ilk are leaving us. Bad.
Obama doesn’t love this country. Leftists don’t love this country. For them, it’s not a wonderful life. It’s a miserable life. It’s a racist, sexist, homophobic life. That’s the poisonous lens through which they parse everything, and they have plenty of the lower-tier useful idiots who inhale this doctrine like second-hand smoke and regurgitate it in many forms.
Anyone who has ever lived has had portions of their life be shitty. And some lives may be that way on balance, through little or no fault of their own. The idea of “It’s a Wonderful Life” is therefore sometimes seen as a monstrous mockery of this hard reality. Atheists do not not believe in God as much as they are angry at the very idea that someone could have handed them their shitty lives as some sort of divine plan.
One can sympathize with this point of view even while understanding what a dark dead-end it is.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is infused with a perfume of existence that is like a silver bullet to Leftists, atheists, and those with wounds, real or over-emphasized, who define themselves by those wounds. Howling at the moon can too easily become a way of life.
But “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the opposite of a howl. It is a mixture of ethics, character, community, and charity that is incompatible with those who nurture a sense of grievance, victimhood, and thus are left angry and ungrateful. George Bailey is just one example of one life. But this story could be told with a thousand different characters in that role who have lived quite different lives. But the same situation remains: Shall we define ourselves by our troubles?
A little angel called “Clarence” reminded George that he was more than his passing wounds and disappointments. He was allowed to see his life with new eyes. No one has to deny the hardships, the true injustices, and just plain bad luck. But it’s easy to become defined by them.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the intersection of art and risen humanity. It’s more than just a movie. It’s more than just passive entertainment. It is a glimpse of a noble human spirit that is noble because it refuses to be otherwise, even if it has every excuse to be otherwise.
And sometimes we all need a shove in the right direction so that it can be thus. There are so many vulgar, poisonous, dishonest, and dreadful things pulling us in contrary directions. And just as there are many George Baileys, all with different life stories to tell (and to overcome and to appreciate), so there are many types of Clarences. Maybe it won’t be an actual angel that gives you perspective on your own life. Maybe, indeed, it could be something as novel as an old movie.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a movie that matters. And given where we are now in this culture, it is art such as this that can give us inspiration not to give up or give in. It’s not that we’re surrounded by Mr. Potters. If only. Such people can be dealt with. We are surrounded by much worse, by much darker forces than an old skinflint.
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