An American Myth: A Christmas Story Part 3


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Transcript:
Now that his home and the outside world of authority has utterly rejected
him, he must appeal to a higher power: Santa Claus.
Now I do not say this in jest,
for Ralphy. Santa Claus is very real.
There is a Hindi saying that says:
If you have played your roll perfectly in life,
and you request God to reveal himself to you
God has no choice but to grant you your wish
and reveal himself to you.
And that moment comes at a
psychological point of readiness
where you are able to experience God.
Now, here is the thing the Hindis do not tell you.
Perhaps it is because this is a tritary-hand story
and no one of recent has actually experienced it.
Hence, the rub with all apocrypha.
However you are blessed
to have a narrator who has met God,
a few times,
and speaks from experience.
Your psychological point of readiness
and doing everything up to a point perfectly,
doesn't automatically calculate over
onto you continuing to do everything perfectly.
To put this in its most base example:
let's say you see a very beautiful woman on the street.
And you've planned everything out
and you muster up the courage
and she says, “Yes.”
What do you do at that point
when she says, “Yes”?
It is the awe of actually meeting your deity.
And Santa Claus is very real,
he is a deity to Children.
It would be wrong
to dismiss their beliefs
or ill-formed.
Just as it would
to hold in contempt
adults who gush over meeting
The Pope, The President, a celebrity
or any other person
society portrays as having great power.
Having a meeting with The President
not a chance meeting
or, a meet and greet,
but one where
he is going to sit down
and listen to everything you have to say
is an awesome event.
Are you going to have enough courage
to ask for what it is you really want?
You may sound like a mad man if you ask for it.
Or would you keep your mouth shut
and nod, out of fear of him thinking your crazy.
And we see this happening to Ralphie,
he is beginning to fail his Quest.
However, since this is an American story,
and I say that because Americans are the ones who are best at fighting fate.
Where Europeans simply like to see themselves as rebels
however they have universal healthcare, and have a whole problem of dependency there.
But, it's not their fault entirely,
everyone likes to romanticize themselves
as some sort of rebel
and making up their own fate.
What's the famous example:
During World War II
it was said by a European,
“We cannot lose because we are on God's side.”
Where the American General corrected him by saying,
“No, it's because God is on our side.”
Nevertheless, its that American Bravado,
that Ralphie has stirring within himself.
When Ralphie is expelled from Paradise, he,
unlike Lucifer,
screams out “NO!” and crawls back up against the slide.
He is fighting two very real forces,
gravity, inertia, (although Einstein says they can be counted as the same, so let's do that)
and, more importantly,
the preordained fate God has set out for him—tinkertoys.
tinkertoys.
Alas!—
Only if we all could be as brave as Ralphie.