A Christmas Carol for our time

Charles Dickens is one of England's most beloved writers, even though he produced much of his work more than 150 years ago. The world in which Dickens lived in Victorian London would have seemed well known to people in many parts of the world: great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few prosperous merchants and landowners, a large number of poor and even destitute people. demanding conditions that approach low wages, doing dirty and often dangerous work. Dickens himself had a job while he was still only a boy, spending 10 hours a day sticking labels on polish boxes to earn money in order to to maintain the family while his father was in prison. He used his first experiences wisely in his last writings and many things about the difficulties of working life.

One of his most popular works is "A Christmas Carol", a story of morality and redemption that, for many, reflects the true spirit of Christmas. Thinking globally of the world, it seems that it still has many features of Victorian London, so how could we tell the story today? Is there a clue on how to find solutions to global warming?

The name Scrooge is passed in the language to mean miserably but Dickens & # 39; his description is much worse; "An old sinner squeezing, ripping, squeaking, scratching, clutching, coveted!" What is usually forgotten, however, is that he had a fairly successful business (even though he had lost his partner a few years ago) and did not need to be.We remind him, his response tends to "Bah! Humbug. "In this way, we can see Scrooge as an ordinary citizen of the developed world, there is no evidence that people are much happier with the material wealth generated over the last 50 years and, if the subject of global warming ever makes in ordinary conversation, the answer of "Bah! Humbug! "Is too common."

When Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, he wears a chain of his own, I wore it of my own will, "says Marley's ghost, reminding us that we are responsible for our actions while we are on Earth, whether you believe or not that there is a creator who will judge you on their validity. Marley & # The ghost wars of Scrooge, where he will be visited by three other ghosts and their visits will give Scrooge the opportunity to avoid the terrible fate that had happened to him. This could not be more relevant: most climate scientists believe that we still have a window of opportunity to act, but it closes quickly.

So, what would the ghosts of the past, the present, and the future of Christmas tell us, should they visit us today?

The Christmas Ghost Could Show Us the Great Civilization That This Man The Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans and Incas all built wonderful cities and empires using only human and renewable energies. The Ghost of the Gift of Christmas could show us all the alternative technologies: wind turbines, solar, tidal or bi ogas that can be used to generate energy and how the thought of Cradle to Cradle could revolutionize the way we do things, if only we could take the trouble to make the changes. The Christmas ghost yet to come, of course, would show the same disastrous visions of the future and not just the gross negligence and neglect of Scrooge, but a disaster for all of humanity: massive loss of wealth and potential loss of life increase levels, floods, drought, intensification of storms, massive loss of biodiversity and reduced crop productivity. Plus, of course, the social upheaval generated by the global struggle to get by with the dwindling oil resource.

For Scrooge, the visits worked. He wakes up Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending an award to his employee's house for Christmas dinner. Scrooge became a different man overnight and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity and compassion, earning a reputation for man embodying the spirit of Christmas. The story ends not only with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness and permanence of Scrooge's transformation, but acknowledging that the world may find it difficult to accept his transformation. But, he notes, "he had the wisdom to know that nothing has ever happened on this globe, for good, where some people have not burst out laughing"

our ways to hope to change these "shadows of what can be"? Or will climate change continue to create "Bah! Humbug "until it's too late?"

You are part of the solution when you choose to act. There is a video on my website that explains how we were in the situation. Please, look at it and pass it on to your friends. With joy and love in our hearts and a spirit so generous and compassionate for our neighbor, whether born or not, we can make a difference.

Merry Christmas !!



Source by Harold Forbes

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