Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Wisdom of Our Ancestors

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which,
if persevered in, they must lead.  But if the courses be
departed from, the ends will change."
Ebeneezer Scrooge - "A Christmas Carol"

The Missus and I made our annual pilgrimage to McCarter Theatre in Princeton on Saturday night, carrying on a tradition that began five Decembers ago, to see Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".   This year, Suzanne and Ryan accompanied us.  While I think they enjoyed the show, whether it becomes a staple of their Christmas season is a decision entrusted entirely to them.  

I do not pretend to be any type of aficionado of plays or musicals.  The trek to McCarter on the Saturday night before Christmas is the one and only time I go to "the theatre" during the typical year.  The only exception to that rule occurs if we happen to be in Colorado visiting Rob/Jess at a time when one of Jess's shows is up and running as was the case a couple of Novembers ago when we had the pleasure of seeing her perform in "Almost, Maine".  

It always seems to feel a bit more like Christmas for me after Margaret and I have spent a couple of hours in the mid-19th century London of Dickens' pen and imagination.  This year proved to be no exception.  

Even if the problems of the day in mid-19th century London seemed eerily reminiscent of those affecting early 21st century America...

“There are some upon this earth of yours, 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.” 
Spirit of Christmas Present - "A Christmas Carol"


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