If our present attitudes toward the polarization of wealth and the undeserving status of those who are not wealthy does not change…
In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol which speaks to an identical issue we face today.
“This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want (Poverty). Beware them both… but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
– The Spirit of Christmas Present speaking to Scrooge
Lack of education and poverty. Doom for an entire society and the wealthy who control it.
In the introductory notes by Katherine Kroeber Wiley in the Barnes & Noble Classics 2004 edition, she explains the facade of education for poor children offered in 1843.
“Like the treadmill and the Poor Laws, they really were little more than an attempt to get children off the streets. Anything resembling useful education or hope was barely visible at such schools. Dickens saw clearly that, under the guise of help, impoverished children were…
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