In The Tree of Life there is a beauty which is seen in the gentle beings who travel the way of grace not the way of coercive power. The coercive power of nature — hurricanes, tsunamis, the domination of animals over others, and the controlling power of humans — has tragic beauty of its own, but it lacks a kind of divinity. It is not yet the way of grace. The nuns are right. In the long run we see the smile in all things, not through power but through love.