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A GREAT GIFT ...

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A GREAT GIFT ...

ALBERT EINSTEIN once asked ;

IS the universe SAFE ?
A puzzling question ... to BE sure !

Perhaps it suggests the existence of a friendly LOVING GOD ?

While most of the civilized world believes in a single GOD -

The remainder of this world believes in multiple gods OR none at ALL ...

YET we do NOT know for sure ; do WE ?

IT simply cannot be KNOWN .
BELIEF is funny that way ...

ONE has IT or not at all .

A rapturous feeling of TERROR or GRATITUDE may result ...

ONE may like to profess that THEY do not KNOW ...

A self evident statement of FACT as well as a perfectly viable position to take !


Consider now a man that IS existentially frustrated to the brink of SUICIDE ?

WHAT then ?

IN similar circumstance BELIEF may present itself ANEW !

CONSIDER the question :

IS a glass half FULL or is it HALF empty ???

A nihilist may conclude that the glass IS in fact , half EMPTY ...

TO a grateful anyone ; HALF full ...

Where does gratitude COME from ?
Within the classic FRANK CAPRA , 1946 film ; ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE ...

ALL these questions and concerns are touched upon AND answered !

GEORGE BAILEY is at a crossroads of life and thinks he MAY be worth MORE ,

DEAD than alive ...

A 15,000.00 DOLLAR LIFE INSURANCE policy is all that stands in the way of

jail time , humiliation OR suicide !

CLARENCE the guardian angel summoned from heaven to help GEORGE in this crisis ...

GRANTS GEORGE the ability to see the world ... AS IF , HE were never born ...

A great gift ... INDEED !
GEORGE BAILEY may now experience a nihilistic nightmare of fantastic scope .

HE sees the world as a bleak , cut throat approach to life whereby we must kill to get by
and suffer trying ...

Everyone except MR. POTTER ...

NAMELY all the garlic eating , RIFF RAFF of the world must kowtow and struggle
to simply stay alive amidst CRIME , ALCOHOLISM and prostitution as the ONLY
means of coping with the horrors of THIS life ...

WE are born to suffer ... and then DIE .
A bleak and dystopian view of the UNIVERSE ...

IT is now that GEORGE amends his calculated decision of SUICIDE ,

for a new GRATITUDE !

HE is grateful to be alive and to see his friends and family ...
BY extreme contrast the BAILEY family has provided a more UTOPIAN answer

to that bleak underbelly of horror ... POTTERSVILLE .

THE BAILEY SAVINGS and LOAN has provided a refuge or OASIS of dignity ...

COMPASSION and self determination that has NOW proved itself INVALUABLE

to not only save GEORGE and the savings and loan ...
BUT suggest that GEORGE may be the RICHEST man in town !

AND so I conclude that the world is now MANAGEABLE again ...

I am grateful to BE alive !

FRANK CAPRA'S ... ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE !

BARELY broke even financially , when it was released in 1946 ...

YET , WE now view this film as one of the greatest films of all time .

WHY ?

IS IT sentimental hogwash ???

PHILISTINE PROPAGANDA ???

YOU tell me ...

thank you for visiting LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY .

G . SCOTT LAMANNA
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