Jimmy Stewart Assesses His Life.
December 22nd, 2009
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Jimmy Stewart.
You have just finished reading about my life [“Jimmy Stewart, A Biography”, by Marc Eliot], and you have discovered that it coheres with what I channeled. Contrary to what many thought, I was NOT Jefferson Smith, though I was decent and kind. I was a career man. I loved people, and I loved my country. I tried my best to speak my truth. But what I portrayed in that film was not who I really was. I know you are thinking that this is contradictory: I deny being Jefferson Smith, and yet I affirm that I did love people and tried to do the right thing.
It’s not a contradiction because there was a passionate purity that Jefferson Smith possessed that was simply not in me. As to my patriotism, which I did feel, I found over here that it becamed diluted and spoiled by a truth I did not know on Earth: that the aggression of war which I went out of my way to champion has no place in God’s world. As you read, I went so far as to encourage passionately our country’s nuclear weapons. This came back to me in a way I could not possibly have foreseen.
My point is that my patriotic feelings, which were strong, were tainted. I have seen time and time again that the spirit life of those who were mortal soldiers is most unfortunate, for the activities of war generally impede the happiness and growth of spirits. Flag waving to beat the drums of war has made for some pretty unhappy lives over here, and the more mortals know this, the better they’ll be.
This is not your own anti-war feelings coming through. These are my thoughts, and I did not come upon them easily. They came as a result of, frankly, a shock, which brought me to remorse.