Tag: philosophy


George Bailey, Phil Connors, and The Dude

Some movies become classics because they speak to something universal about the human condition. Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a good example: just about everyone can relate to Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal of George Bailey. No, you don’t run a savings and loan in upstate New York in the […]


On Knowing Stuff

I am grateful to have a device in my pocket that connects me with the world’s knowledge. Still, I think there’s value in knowing stuff. Really knowing it, not just knowing how to look it up. When I first watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for example, I knew almost nothing […]


The Flourishing of Phil Connors

At the beginning of Groundhog Day, Phil Connors isn’t a villain. He’s an asshole. He’s not harnessing the powers of the Dark Side to control the universe like Darth Vader or killing people and eating them like Hannibal Lecter. Instead, he’s the ordinary kind of bad guy we encounter in […]