It’s been a Scrooge of a year, wouldn’t you say? Ebenezer Scrooge – whom I caught on television the other night looking a lot like the actor George C. Scott – was a man who refused to share any of his wealth with the world around him. The year 2012 bears a resemblance.
This year, we endured a divisive battle for the presidency, which was fought at times as though the only thing that mattered was how much money either side could raise. That’s a sad statement for a country that stands for democracy.
Thousands were wiped out financially and emotionally by superstorm Sandy. Many innocents were lost to deranged gunmen in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
The economy refused to rebound, and Washington wouldn’t come to agreement over anything.
And so the year 2012 was stingy like Scrooge. But in “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens thankfully gives us examples of two people who don’t lose faith in the old miser: his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit and his nephew, Fred. (more…)