‘Tis the season to be jolly…fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.” Bah, humbug! The holiday season is upon us again and yet for many of us, it is yet another season left to be desired. If you ask presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann how she truly feels about the meek and humble, she’ll tell you: “If anyone will not work, neither should they eat.” Which brings me to the notorious story about a particular individual named Scrooge. If you are not familiar with him, allow me to bring you up to speed.
Long story short, Scrooge is a disrespected, wealthy and greedy codger who mistreats his only worker, disassociates himself from his only nephew and could care less about the meek and humble. One night, he is visited by three ghosts: Ghost of Christmas past, Ghost of Christmas present, and the Ghost of Christmas future. In the case of Scrooge, he is fortunate enough to change his heartless ways and become a generous and kind person so that he can alter the course of his dreadful destiny. But it took a stark glimpse of his fate to realize the errors of his way.
Another presidential hopeful, Herman Cain seems to think that being poor is by choice. After all, he did say, “… if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” That’s right folks. If you are unemployed or just aren’t wealthy, or both, it is entirely your fault. Aren’t you aware that when you are born without a silver spoon in your mouth it is nature’s law of natural selection. Seriously, how could you ever assume that you were just supposed to have opportunity handed to you? Oh wait, there’s that little thing called the socioeconomic downturn. But who’s really to blame? Is it truly the average American worker, or is it ultimately all those wealthy caviar-slurping folks who cashed in on huge tax breaks at the demise of the middle class and poor?
How many “Scrooges” in the world exist to scorn and mock the meek and humble while they toast champagne and slurp caviar by the pound on their sweet tax-break yacht in Texas (or other State in the Union)? How long will it be before they understand that “the good you do comes back to you“? It is the law of Karma, and it can be a real beast (explicative).
One can hopefully appreciate that the whole premise of the season of brotherly love and giving should in fact be about that. We have, however along the way, lost our innate spirit of humanity and common decency. No longer do we seek the truth. No longer do we feel a kinship for those in need or who are desperately struggling to stay alive. Somewhere, sadly, empathy has lost its battle in the war on poverty, hunger, joblessness, homelessness and illness. Is this the America you truly imagined it could be? This holiday season (and beyond), you do have a choice as to whether or not you will stand on the side of the needy or the greedy. Those with a conscience know the right thing to do. How many are going to take that step in the positive direction before it’s too late?
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