Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Ghost of Christmas Present: On wrongs done in the name of Christ

"Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family," said Scrooge.

"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, The Second of the Three Spirits

2 comments:

Doug said...

WF,

Yeah, that's indeed a line that one should take note of... brings little chills down my spine.

Dickens was dark, but every now and then he really hit the nail on the head.

God Bless
Doug

Weekend Fisher said...

Well, sure, Dickens could be dark. But that's part of his staying power. In art, contrast of light and dark gives depth ...

Take care & God bless