Please remember, this Christmas season, to sit and watch the following two films: A Christmas Carol & It’s A Wonderful Life . After you watch these films, go implore your friends, neighbors and loved ones to do the same. Why? Well, let’s dissect them.
A Christmas Carol – In this movie, we follow the life of one Ebenezer Scrooge. Yes, he came from a dysfunctional family…. His mother died giving birth to him, and his father never forgave him for it. Scrooge only had the love and tenderness of his sister, but alas, not enough to save him. He grew up thinking that life was a ‘ dog eats dog ‘ existence. There was no room for compassion or charity (here that Ayn Rand followers?). Everyone ‘sank or swam‘ on their own merits and accord. Scrooge became more and more miserly and diabolical in business dealings. Finally, in the twilight of his life, one Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley. Marley warns Scrooge to repent and change his ways, before he too will join Marley for all eternity, carrying the chains of his karma…. Heavy heavy chains indeed. Then Scrooge is visited by three angels who show him what has passed, what is now, and what will come…. IF he cannot redeem his wicked and miserly ways. You know the rest. Question is: Do those out there who have the excess wealth and prestige, do they see the moral of the story? Perhaps if there was an army of Marley’s ghosts, all still in flesh and blood, to let these super rich neighbors of ours know what is wrong in what they do, or fail to do. Maybe we should stop scraping and bowing to them like feudal serfs to lords and ladies of the manor. Maybe they need us to shame them for their hoarding of so much good fortune, instead of sharing it from the heart.
It’s A Wonderful Life – George Bailey is what we can describe as an everyman. He is the heart and soul of humanity as it should and could be. George worked hard since adolescence, and never treated anyone less than he treated himself. A truly beloved neighbor and friend…. A truly caring father and husband and son. Old man Potter was the antithesis of George Bailey: cunning, selfish, self centered , manipulating and greedy. Potter wants to ruin George and his Savings and Loan bank…. And by chance he does just that. George is losing everything and begins to hate his life and all it entails. Disgusted with how things have turned out, George contemplates suicide, saying ‘ I wish I was never born ‘ . An angel is sent to his aid , showing George just what life in Bedford Falls ( where George lives ) would be like if indeed he were never born. We see how much one man can affect the lives of so many. We learn from this film that we all are truly connected to one another. Finally, when George begs to be brought back to his life, we see how the power of the many can counteract the wicked ways of the few ( like old man Potter) . When a mass of good souls stands together to say ‘ NO ‘ to the forces of evil and greed, much can be accomplished.
This writer has been on this topic of citizen action and the repentance of the super rich for a long time. Why stop now? My prayer for this new year 2011 is for more and more of the good souls to stop being simply victims and start becoming active…. In speaking out and rattling the cages of the baboons who think they have it all , at our expense.
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 200 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com, New Jersey activist Ed Dunphy’s progressivepatriots.net or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s a Wonderful Life -1946