Ever since the movie Groundhog Day came out in the early '90s, many people, especially Buddhists, feel that the movie holds some kind of profound, existential message concerning spiritual practice and the spiritual path.
They say behind every great man is a great woman. Not in Muhammad Ali's case. He had a great man behind him in Angelo Dundee. We've lost a large part of boxing history with the passing of Angelo Dundee.
What is magical about Punxsutawney is not just the movie or the mythical 127-year-old "prognosticator of prognosticators." The people and their values are the magic, and it is from the real people of Punxsutawney that America can learn some real lessons.
As people work to make money on Main Street, insurance plays a key role in making sure that an illness, fire, or accident does not put them out of business and that the financial goals for families and charities are met if the person who set the goals dies before they are achieved.
The idea that we are stuck in this terrible reality where the sky is falling and there is no way out simply runs counter to the Christian narrative. The more the lie is repeated, the more we believe it.