All he saw in that town were small-minded, bitter people? The pain of compromising to accept responsibilities thrust on you against your will is terrifying? So it might be, but those responsibilities will come, and you will choose to meet them with grace or with bitterness, or you will choose to run away.
Heres the thing about Pottersville that struck me when I was 15: It looks like much more fun than stultifying Bedford Falls the women are hot, the music swings, and the fun times go on all night. If anything, Pottersville captures just the type of excitement George had long been seeking.
Does he remember how much fun those hot women were having, how happy they looked?
Anybody who thinks the Violet Binks of Pottersville looked better than the Violet Binks of Bedford Falls should have his eyes examined.
If you were referring to Violet Biggs viciously fighting the cops, yeah, that was one "fun and exciting" scene. It's implied that crime is through the roof in Pottersville (George's mother in the Bailey Boarding House barely opens the door, as if afraid of a home invasion robbery) but the author conveniently doesn't bring that up.
The Christian life is paradoxical. It is joy through service (ultimately, service to God).
Liberals will try anything rather than surrender their wills to God. Pride is a terrible thing.