By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from The Huffington Post.
Bah humbug to candidates, elections and anyone who didn’t vote the way I did!
On the heels of the election season there has been and continues to be a whole lot of bah humbugging going on. Admittedly, I’ve been one of the humbugging voices.
“A Christmas Carol is more than just a story. It is a tirade against greed, selfishness and neglect. It uses the story of a rich man - the startlingly nasty Scrooge - to highlight the plight of those affected by the greed and meanness he exemplifies. Ignorance and Want remain the prime movers behind so many of the world’s ills. But Dickens was having a go at his complacent readers - he was chastising them about their own ignorance - an ignorance that was in many cases a wilful ignoring of the plight of their fellow Londoners” as Chris Priestley so eloquently notes in Ignorance and Want: why Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is as relevant today as ever.
Guilty as charged. I have been complacent and ignorant of the suffering of many of my fellow Americans. I’ve been complaining about the “others” and the mess we are in. And, like Scrooge, it’s time I start listening, learning, and paying closer attention.