From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.
‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.’ A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
Each year I read and watch A Christmas Carol, for to myself, nothing describes the true meaning of Christmas like this unique story. Although most people understand the story to be about a man, who needs to change his miser ways (which it is and he does), I see a loud message in the section above that all who read or watch the story need to take note of, especially this Christmas season.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two times during the year when American’s give the most. They usually dig deep in their pockets and give to food pantries and charities. They may give a homeless person on the street a dollar when any other time of year they would not. However, this year I have heard people saying they will not help the many people who fell victim to the subprime loans through ignorance* and greed, of who are now in dire need of help.
Yes, some of these people were greedy, some were ignorant, not knowing what they were getting into, and some just fell on hard times due to illness or loss of a job, whatever the circumstance, I have seen families lose literally everything. They have had their homes and cars repossessed, their credit destroyed, they have had to endure the shame and embarrassment of asking for aide and help, and watch with despair their children doing without. I have watched on the news eighty-year-old women being evicted from the life-long homes, and families having their belongings being taken away by repo men. I have watched the unemployment rate go up, and the skyrocketing of prices on goods. I have seen firsthand families moving in with other families, crowding into basements or other vacant rooms. For many the word Doom is already on their brows.
This Christmas season, forget how these people came to their current situation, forget their greed, forget their ignorance, and give. Give them food, give them money, give them time and understanding, and show them a little love and compassion; and if possible, not just for Christmas, but for the coming year, for I have a feeling it is only going to get worse and the writing (Doom) will not be able to be easily erased from the brows of many.
*Ignorance – lack of knowledge, education, or awareness
Source: Webster.com, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens