Week ending 12/19/2020
“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”The Ghost of Jacob Marley From “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall
“A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens, was first published on December 19th, in 1843.
On the 177th anniversary of that day, it struck me again how differently I have come to view things once familiar to me through the lens of what I have learned and experienced over the last year and a half or so.
I have read many works by Dickens, including “A Christmas Carol” multiple times and, while I was aware that many of the themes he explored – such as class divisions, poverty and child welfare – still existed, I mostly attributed such things as belonging to a bygone era in another country with a political system dominated by its aristocracy. I was sure that the United States of America was different, that here everyone could prosper, and that although we had our problems, things were getting better.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Class divisions, poverty and neglected children are growing problems in this country and won’t be solved as long as our own corporate aristocracy continues to rule unchallenged.
And now that I see these things more clearly, the words of Jacob Marley’s ghost suddenly take on more weight, transforming from prose to a profound truth and a mandate for the Ebenezer Scrooges among and within us.
Are we making mankind, the common welfare; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, our business? What future awaits us or our children if we don’t choose to free ourselves and each other of the chains we are forging now?
If you have never read “A Christmas Carol” you can download it for free at Project Gutenberg.
If you’d be more interested in watching one of the many movie adaptations, Collider.com has a great list of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Adaptations Ranked from “Bah Humbug!” to “God Bless Us Everyone!” (I agree that the 1951 version is the best but would rate “A Muppet Christmas Carol” much higher).
To learn more of how Dickens’ social views influenced his writing of “A Christmas Carol”, check out this paper by Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY: Why did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol?
What are you seeing differently or more clearly these days? What events in your life have changed your perspective? Leave a comment or write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com
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In her show notes for “Ask Jesse” Episode 30“, Victoria tells the story of her 2020 political journey as well as shares links and information for what she and Jesse discussed.
Victoria also wrote about her top social media pet peeve in Social Media & Real Life.
From the Blog Archives, experience the reality of homelessness through the words of a homeless teenager in The House On The Corner.
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On this week’s episode of “Ask Jesse”, Victoria asks Jesse about the feuds on the left involving comedian Jimmy Dore and Congress Rep. AOC and how the left in general might apply the wisdom of the late Michael Brooks who said, “Don’t cancel and don’t stan.”
Here’s a clip where Jesse explains how instead of cancelling or stanning politicians, we should be pressuring them:
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We hope you have or will join our community at facebook.com/groups/AmplifireProject and please feel free to share content to and from this public group. Here’s some of what was shared this past week:
Kerri shared the inspiring and informative video below with this quote from it:
“Sylvia Pankhurst speaks to us very, very directly today because she is talking about sexism, because she’s talking about exploitation, because she’s talking about racism, and because she’s talking about imperialism. These are still important struggles for us today…”
Group member Kevin McCullough shared a podcast episode from Imagine With Us discussing Steps Toward Overcoming Racism.
Michael shared an article Remembering Newtown elementary school shooting victims on 8th anniversary with this quote:
“The memories of the 20 young children and six educators whose lives were tragically taken on that horrible morning eight years ago will forever remain in our hearts,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “We can continue to honor them by performing acts of kindness, love, and humanity that brighten the lives of others and bring comfort to our community.”
Victoria shared the article: You Have No Obligation To Conform To A Wildly Sick Society by Caitlin Johnstone with the quote:
“You have no obligation to conform to a society which turns its back on gentleness, on kindness, on understanding, on deep listening, and stands with greed, violence, oppression, exploitation, and a rat race wherein you must step on your neighbor’s head to keep your own above water.”
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