I don't . . . see this. Your interpretation is about opposite of mine. Maybe it's a Latter-day Saint thing? Eric Samuelson was one of the first I read talking about it as a spiritual work: http://associationmormonletters.org/blog/2011/12/the-tree-of-life/

To me, the film explicitly argues for the existence of God—or at least for the validity of looking for God. As do the other Malick films I've seen (which is not a large number of them). I think of the conversation between Malick and Scorcese.

My own thoughts are linked to here: https://thmazing.blogspot.com/2020/01/best-films-of-10s.html

But I haven't written anything truly coherent.

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I might not have bothered if I didn't usually find you so persuasive!

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