I love the movie It’s A Wonderful Life by Frank Capra as it truly captures the quintessential goodness of humanity. The film also possesses many life lessons that are extremely applicable to our current crisis. The scene that contains the most wisdom in this time of uncertainty is the run on the building and loan. I firmly believe that Capra’s wholesome wisdom vaccinates us against the Mr. Potters of the world.
George Bailey stands in front of a highly anxious and volatile crowd in his building and loan establishment. They are panic-stricken and they desperately want to withdraw their deposits.
George reassures the crowd: “Now just remember that this thing isn’t as black as it appears.”
The scene erodes as people start leaving with promises of “50 cents on the dollar” from old man Potter, who had just monopolized the other businesses in the town.
George desperately pleas: “Can’t you understand what’s happening here? Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling. Potter’s buying! And why? Because we’re panicking and he’s not. That’s why. He’s pickin’ up some bargains. Now, we can get through this thing all right. We’ve, we’ve got to stick together, though. We’ve got to have faith in each other.”
Like the citizens of Bedford Falls we should not trust our current Mr. Potter in the Whitehouse. Trump is desperately trying to buy himself out of this situation by promising cash for every citizen, temporary loan forgiveness, taking away standardized testing, and probably more by the time you read this article. We should do everything in our power to ensure that Pottersville does not become our reality. Let us always pose these questions:
- What are WE GIVING UP?
- What are the DETAILS of these plans?
- Are we settling for 50 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR?
I love this country and I know things are not as bad as they appear. We have to watch out for each other and stick together. Most of all we have to have faith in each other. Old man Trump is not getting a deal today. ©
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