The love I have for this little novel is apparent. However, unbiased, the wise words by Charles Dickens are undeniable.
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Here are five more messages from A Christmas Carol everyone should take the time to consider:
1 – We are all equal in this universe.
“It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.” The Ghost of Christmas Present (Stave Three)
Seeing oneself as more valuable than another human – whether due to social class, career, or appearance – is absolutely ignorant. Who’s to say one life means more than another? We are one and the same.
2 – Cruelty will come with its own punishment.
“However, his offences carry their own punishment, and I have nothing to say against him.” Nephew (Stave Three)
“I am sure he loses pleasanter companions than he can find in his own thoughts, either in his mouldy old office, or his dusty chambers.” Nephew (Stave Three)
Holding grudges and seeking revenge is difficult to avoid, however, it’s best that we do stay away from this. Because quite often, people will end up facing their own cruelty in the end.
3 – Let them laugh if they will, just keep doing what’s good for you.
“Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset…” Narrator (Stave Five)
People are going to judge you. It’s that simple. No matter what you find yourself participating in, saying, or believing in – you will be judged. Just do what you feel is right and don’t let others hold you back with their judgement.
4 – Spread the joy.
“…there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” Narrator (Stave Three)
“Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” Scrooge (Stave Two)
Laughter and kindness are beautiful. Let us all allow them to radiate from our souls.
5 – It’s never too late to make amends and change your ways.
“…this is a fearful place. In leaving it, I shall not leave its lesson, trust me. Let us go!” Scrooge (Stave Four)
“But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.” Scrooge (Stave Four)
“Why show me this, if I am past all hope?” Scrooge (Stave Four)
“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.” Scrooge (Stave Four)
“Yes,” said Scrooge. “That is my name, and I fear it may not be pleasant to you. Allow me to ask your pardon. And will you have the goodness…” (Stave Five)
Never let the fear that it’s “too late” keep you from setting things straight. The way that others take it is their own business. Do what you have to do to bring peace to your soul whether it’s six or sixty years after damage has been done.
Over 150 years after the publication of A Christmas Carol, we still have much to learn from the priceless pages. We’ve lost a lot of goodness in the modern ways of society, but we each have the power to find those meaningful values once again.
Thank you for reading this post. And I hope your holiday season is filled with kindness and laughter.
All pictures and quotes in this post come directly from the book itself. (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, 1843)