Despite his bad press, Scrooge is more relevant than ever. He may, in fact, have foretold the future.
“Old Marley was dead as a doornail.” Scrooge is being realistic. Isn’t that what all of the psychologists say we should do?
“And the union workhouses – are they still in operation? I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.” There are thousands of charities. Most people donate.
“Darkness is deep and Scrooge liked it.” He was the first to Go Green and save electricity.
“If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” A little blunt, but see recent articles on global warming, famine, housing and water shortage.
“Man,” said the Ghost, “if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked can’t until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?” Good question for managed care companies.
“You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There is more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” The story would have ended there if only he had an antacid handy.
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.” He just needed to make an appointment with Hammerle Finley to do some Estate Planning.
“God bless us, every one!”