Lessons for Ebenezer Scrooge

*** As we read about the one percent who own 40 percent of our nation’s wealth, the millions of unemployed, the plague of home foreclosures, the failure of schools, and the GOP’s insistence upon extending Bush tax cuts to the richest Americans, let us remember the lessons of the original bully boss. PGB

 Lessons for Ebenezer Scrooge

Spirit of Christmas Past: “And as your business prospered, Ebenezer Scrooge, a golden idol took possession of your heart, as Alice said it would.”

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Ebenezer: “I suppose you’ll be wanting the whole day tomorrow.”

Bob Cratchit: “If quite convenient, sir.”

Ebenezer: “Every Christmas you say the same thing. And every Christmas it’s just as inconvenient as the Christmas before. Good night.”

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Jacob Marley: “In life, my spirit never rose beyond the limits of our money-changing holes! Now I am doomed to wander without rest or peace, incessant torture and remorse!”

Ebenezer: ” But it was only that you were a good man of business, Jacob!”

Jacob Marley: “BUSINESS? Mankind was my business! Their common welfare was my business! And it is at this time of the rolling year that I suffer most!”

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Spirit of Christmas Present: “My time with you is at an end, Ebenezer Scrooge. Will you profit from what I’ve shown you of the good in most men’s hearts?”

Ebenezer: “I don’t know, how can I promise!”

Spirit of Christmas Present: “If it’s too hard a lesson for you to learn, then learn this lesson!”

[opens his robe, revealing two starving children]

Ebenezer: [shocked] “Spirit, are these yours?”

Spirit of Christmas Present:  “They are Man’s. This boy is Ignorance, this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all, beware this boy!”

Ebenezer: “But have they no refuge, no resource?”

Spirit of Christmas Present: [quoting Scrooge] “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”

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Tiny Tim: “God bless us, every one!”

*From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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