I admire your take on the film. Ironic it died at the box office when it came out but is now a Christmas classic. The author of the NTY hit-piece either fails or doesn't want to grasp the power of one, good decent man fighting against corruption and greed. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when it really sinks in to George the reality of him not being there. He discovers his brother is dead. When told that his brother died under the ice he claims his brother saved that transport ship. Clarence says everyone on that transport ship died because Harry was not there to save them because George was not there to save Harry. For people not to see and realize how the small, selfless acts that we do every day has emense consequences in the future is mind-boggling. It amazes me that people concentrate on the what they perceive as the darkness and bitterness of the film and not see what the glories of God can bring.
And yes, at times, we all fall into despair. It is interesting to note that prior to George's Uncle misplacing the money, everything finally seemed to be going alright for George. The author also ruminates that George would still be liable for the missing money and misses out that it should be Old Man Potter sent to prison for stealing - yes he stole the money by not giving it back. We need more George Bailey's in our lives and in society.
posted on 12/22/2008 5:32:59 AM PST
(I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
Wow. There are just so many great posts, and the thoughts therein to bump, and/or expand upon, but for the moment, here are my two cents to offer.
The author, quite simply, has never grown beyond his 15 year old perspective of the world. As the mom of a 20, and a 23 year old, (who where always pretty durn savvy for their ages, and are still growing wiser by the minute ;), I find Wendell’s arrested adolescence, unspeakably sad, and frightening.
Great, great thread. Thank you!
Merry Christmas to all!
posted on 12/22/2008 8:13:02 AM PST
("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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