How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
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Victorian author Charles Dickens is famed for painting dismal pictures of his day, where orphans become enslaved to dark masters in mansions and street gangs. Dickens also gives hope for the righteous as the good are saved and the bad almost always suffer a terrible demise.
A spark of light in this gloom is 'A Christmas Carol', where Scrooge, a miserable miser (note the similarity of the words!), is transformed into a jolly and generous fellow.
In one transformational night, ghosts from the past, present and future paint a terrible trajectory of Dickensian doom, showing Scrooge how continued miserliness will lead to a lonely and uncherished end.
The next day, Scrooge is a changed man. Reflecting the hope of Christmas, Dickens lets a sinner repent, reform and survive.
We each have the choice to do something similar, and not just at Christmas (though it's as good an excuse as any). We can be Scrooge, changing our selfish ways for the greater good and, paradoxically, finding greater happiness. We can also be Dickens, opening the eyes of others.
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