How could anyone be afraid of a message of the power to personally and joyously resolve the beatific struggle between moral fortitude and self desires that It’s a Wonderful Life expresses? Indeed an authoritarian one sided thinker like Ayn Rand could. Pitiful. The truth is the invertive, integrative power of the natural philosophical concept of grace is not just a personal preoccupation, but also an imminently practical and historical signature of paradigm change. After all, the enlightening Copernican cosmological paradigm change was nothing more than the inversion of the positions of the earth and the sun. So could it also be economically, politically and ecologically if we found a way to integratively implement the new monetary paradigm of Direct and Reciprocal Monetary Grace As In Gifting into the economic process itself. And finally, what could be the personal and societal benefits of feeling grateful every time you bought a car, a house or a sweet potato because the monetary authority paid for half of it?
Thanks for replying Jane. Forgive the following sermonette. The experience of grace falls on anyone willing to contemplate its beautiful aspects long enough to self actualize it, no matter whether they are religious or not. Grace/graciousness is really nothing more and certainly nothing less than love in action, in other words loving action. Love and grace are the pinnacle concepts and experiences of wisdom, and contrary to the thinking of a too often cynical age wisdom is not “airy fairy” but in fact imminently practical…otherwise it wouldn’t be wisdom. The non-violent mass social movements that Gandhi and MLK, Jr. utilized to educate, expose and effectively overcome injustices were actually an expression of the “not acting in kind” aspect of the concept of grace. Historically, the expression of an aspect of the concept of grace has always been the motivating force behind every genuine Paradigm change. The Reformation for instance was the objection to the monopolistic dominance of the sacraments by the Catholic church and the desire for religious tolerance and inclusiveness. When paradigm change is needed…contemplate the appropriate aspect of grace for the mental and temporal solution.