#FlashbackFriday FOUR YEARS AGO, “It is Required of Every Man That the Spirit Within Him Should Walk Abroad Among His Fellowmen . . . ” – Excerpt from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

I have always loved the redemptive tale of Dickens’ Scrooge. It gives us all hope that we all can change and be improved by our loved ones and “guardian angels”/spirits around us. But why do we wait for December to contemplate this transformation?

Okay, I know. It’s the holiday season and it’s easier for the family values we were raised on can permeate our consciousness, enjoying the quality time we inherit during the seasonal break. It’s really just convenient.

But maybe that has been our cultural point of contention. Maybe that postponing only gives us an excuse to procrastinate on being the best kind of people we can be, the kind of people that can end homelessness, school violence, poverty, and more. Just a thought.

“It is required of every man,” the Ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world–oh, woe is me!–and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!”

Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?” Scrooge trembled more and more.

“Or would you know,” pursued the Ghost, “the weight and length of the strong coil you bear yourself? It was full as heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago. You have laboured on it, since. It is a ponderous chain!”

Scrooge glanced about him on the floor, in the expectation of finding himself surrounded by some fifty or sixty fathoms of iron cable: but he could see nothing.

“Jacob,” he said, imploringly. “Old Jacob Marley, tell me more. Speak comfort to me, Jacob!”

“I have none to give,” the Ghost replied. “It comes from other regions, Ebenezer Scrooge, and is conveyed by other ministers, to other kinds of men. Nor can I tell you what I would. A very little more is all permitted to me. I cannot rest, I cannot stay, I cannot linger anywhere. My spirit never walked beyond our counting-house–mark me!–in life my spirit never roved beyond the narrow limits of our money-changing hole; and weary journeys lie before me!” It was a habit with Scrooge, whenever he became thoughtful, to put his hands in his breeches pockets. Pondering on what the Ghost had said, he did so now, but without lifting up his eyes, or getting off his knees.

“You must have been very slow about it, Jacob,” Scrooge observed, in a business-like manner, though with humility and deference. “Slow!” the Ghost repeated. “Seven years dead,” mused Scrooge. “And travelling all the time!” “The whole time,” said the Ghost. “No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse.” “You travel fast?” said Scrooge. “On the wings of the wind,” replied the Ghost. “You might have got over a great quantity of ground in seven years,” said Scrooge.

The Ghost, on hearing this, set up another cry, and clanked its chain so hideously in the dead silence of the night, that the Ward would have been justified in indicting it for a nuisance.

“Oh! captive, bound, and double-ironed,” cried the phantom, “not to know, that ages of incessant labour by immortal creatures, for this earth must pass into eternity before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed. Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused! Yet such was I! Oh! such was I!”

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself. “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

10 thoughts on “#FlashbackFriday FOUR YEARS AGO, “It is Required of Every Man That the Spirit Within Him Should Walk Abroad Among His Fellowmen . . . ” – Excerpt from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

  1. I like this post it teaches people something about life. When a person have wealth and does not sure truly gets penalized so what in their life. The ghost suffered in the afterlife that he wasn’t free. In my opinion, i think the moral is when you don’t give when you have you will get penalized in a lifetime even if its death.

  2. I always like the story a christmas carol I believe its teaches us a very valuable lesson. That lesson being money isn’t everything and one should give if only a little to help out the less fortunate because we all begin life with nothing. That is why I don’t I also try to help others when I can because we all go through bad times and need a helping hand.

  3. petey86 says:

    I like this post because it simply tells a story. What i got out of this post is that if are blessed enough to be called wealthy you should share. When you give I believe that GOD will bless you back. You may have changed someone’s life when you be a blessing to them.

  4. I love the Christmas carol movie the movie teaches us what the true meaning of giving is, and that you should not make money your priorty.Money comes and goes but family and friends are always here to stay.

  5. cbarry2 says:

    This is one of my favorite Chritmas stories. My always told this to my sister and I as young children. We have seen every remake of this story that they have made. We’ve seen “A Muppets Chritmas Carrol”, “A Diva’s Christmas Carrol”, and even the new one.

  6. rays09 says:

    A Christmas Carol is a classic tale that teaches others the importance of sharing your wealth. When you give to others your blessings will increase and a better life you will live. Overall “A Christmas Carol” is one of my favorite Christmas stories.


  7. darlida says:

    This blog kind of reminded me of a Disney movie. The message I got from this blog is that; when someone is blessed they should share their blessing. The reason being everyone is not as fortunate as you are. When you bless others you will get a blessing in the ending as well.

  8. wwwlboogie81 says:

    i think theres alesson to be learned in this post, it shows that having wealth is not the answer to all questions and that it cannot provide a fulfilling life and after life all on its on.. it shows us not to focus on the material things for they are just that, material things

Very Interesting.

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