…the christmas season, spiritual renewal and reinforcement…

…membership in any christian religion, unnecessary…

Lessons abound from the music and the other arts. There is the still compelling Sir Thomas Beecham’s ‘Messiah’ of 1959. Then we have Charles Dickens’, ‘A Christmas Carol’; if not, the excellent, sans pareil, portrayal, ‘Scrooge’ played by Alastair Sim. With ‘Scrooge’, the existing film technology mattered not one whit in the total capture of the message of Dickens. Timeless – and still on youtube.

And, as the season extends through 06 Jan, there may again arise the opportunity to review a related and excellent post of Tim Taylor over at his blog, conversable economist, Charles Dickens on Seeing the Poor Around Us. The scholarship and Dickens’ observations, admirable.

No longer surprising. A timely example of the paranoia and the insane hostility of key US officials toward a very harmless but uplifting US movie that has also been traditional and inspiring, even beyond the US, is provided us by Michael Winship in a post over at common dreams, It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade. As Winship points out, the fictional Mr Potter has been superseded by infinitely more heinous villains in real life.

Since then, the movie has been more than redeemed as it slowly became a sentimental and beloved holiday perennial. And if anything, its portrayal of a villainous banker has been vindicated a thousand fold as in the last seven years we’ve seen fraudulent mortgages and subsequent foreclosures, bankers unrepentant after an unprecedented taxpayer bailout and unpunished after a mindboggling spree of bad calls, profligacy and corkscrew investments that raked in billions while others suffered the consequences.

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…It’s a Wonderful Life, a Commie attack against the US? A plague of nutters…

Charity and generosity, still essential traits. Villainy, never.

…time of the year for examining and acting on personal shortcomings – to make life more fruitful…

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