What can we be thankful for?

In Wim Wenders’s award winning 1987 film Wings of Desire (Himmel über Berlin), an angel, played by Bruno Ganz, sheds his wings and joins the seething mass of humanity in troubled pre-1989 Berlin. He’s fallen in love with the lovely Solveig Dommartin, a trapeze artist. Before he takes that step, however, he finds himself hovering, invisible, over none other than Peter Falk (of Colombo fame) who’s come to Berlin to shoot a film. It’s nighttime, and Falk is at an Imbiss drinking coffee. We learn immediately that Falk himself has earlier taken the same leap from the heavens. Falk, even though his wings long gone, can still sense the invisible presence and says,

I can’t see you but I know you’re there…

Falk later offers guidance to Ganz, giving him just enough of a start at being human.

Now consider the inverse, converse: You can’t see us, but we know you’re there.

At the molecular level, people still stop for red lights, drive on the righthand side of the road, eat with forks and knives, visit liquor stores.

Everything below here is scratch material, not ready for public viewing…

Just when things seem to be reaching a level of predictable confusion, there’s a new twist and suddenly we start missing the good old New Normal we knew before.

The sound of one hand washing…

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