Explain how Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is still relevant in the modern age.
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This brilliant and heartwarming book is clearly universal in terms of its themes and relevance for any age, not just for Victorian times or even for today. The central concept of a man who has become so miserly that he has become disconnected from humanity and is unable to participate in the joy of the festive season clearly says volumes to our culture today, when we are faced with a global economic crisis where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The transformation that occurs in Scrooge at the end of the novel after his ghostly vistations and his desire to not let it be too late to undo some of the wrongs he has been responsible for is a challenge for all of us who live in a world dominated by materialism. Note Scrooge's response when the visitations had all finished and how important such words are to all of us today:
"I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!" Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. "The Spirts of all Three shall strive within me."
Although it sounds as if it could emerge from the mouth of a meditating Zen monk, this is a piece of excellent advice that we all need to heed as we live our lives aware of both the past, our immediate present, and the possible futures that could occur. In short, this novel is universal in its theme and application.
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