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Ignorance and Want

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posted on May, 26 2009 @ 10:50 AM
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Yeah, I know its not anywhere near Christmas, but this passage from Dickens' A Christmas Carol seems haunting and sadly fitting as we contemplate a darker future of ignorance and want. Not just at home in the devloped world, but across the planet in less fortunate places, as the tides of poverty surge with the global meltdown.

Today, over 1 billion people are technically in what the OECD defines as "starvation conditions:" the largest such number in history. The world is also experiencing an unusually severe drought this year, meaning crop yields in the autumn are likely to me much lower than expected. Few in the developed world will truly go hungry, but the same cannot be said of the bulk of humanity. And this while the global financial archtecture twists in the flames like melting steel. Not much about the former two facts is reported in the mainstram media of the developed world, but they bear sober reflection, especially in light of the latter fact.

Ignorance and Want.





'Oh, Man! look here! Look, look, down here!' exclaimed the Ghost.

They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

'Spirit, are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more.

'They are Man's,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. 'Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And abide the end!'

-Dickens, A Christmas Carol







[edit on 5/26/09 by silent thunder]




posted on May, 26 2009 @ 11:35 AM
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Funny that this was on my mind also this morning!
Ignorance begats want. Willful ignorance dooms!

Somehow, many of us see ignorance as belonging to the poor...but I see it belonging to the rich and powerful also! Perhaps even more so...

Ignorant lawmakers aiding and abetting the banking cabal in looting the treasury, leaving the generations to come in dire want.

Revolt I say, revolt!



posted on May, 26 2009 @ 07:04 PM
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Originally posted by burntheships
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Funny that this was on my mind also this morning!
Ignorance begats want. Willful ignorance dooms!

Somehow, many of us see ignorance as belonging to the poor...but I see it belonging to the rich and powerful also! Perhaps even more so...

Ignorant lawmakers aiding and abetting the banking cabal in looting the treasury, leaving the generations to come in dire want.

Revolt I say, revolt!


Ignorance certainly is apparent at all levels. The poorest can't afford education, and the richest can afford to insulate themselves from the need to have it. Even the "well educated" Ivy League grads are either narrow technical specialists with a hazy grasp of the world beyond their field of interest, or liberal arts types who've been sold a distorted and manipulated world view crafted to keep the wheels of power running smoothly.

We can, perhaps, take solace in the fact that human intelligence and wisdom are also tough vines...I've seen them growing robustly at every income level as well, pushing their way patiently through the cultural detritus and debris and reaching for the light.



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