Inspiration From A Christmas Carol
By Keith Bunn Jr.
December 16, 2013
A Christmas Carol
Last night my wife and I watched one of the many versions of the classic Charles Dickens' story, A Christmas Carol. If you don't know this story, it is the story of a old, greedy, bitter man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Because of his awful ways, the ghost of his dead business partner pays him a visit and tells him that he will be visited by 3 other spirits, the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After being shown the error of his ways, he has a change of heart just in time for Christmas.
I have always loved this story, but what caught my attention this time around, was toward the end of Scrooge's visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present.
Scrooge noticed something under the ghost's massive robe and he asked what it was. When the ghost pulled his robe back, there stood, what looked like 2 poor children. The boy, the ghost explained, represented Mankind's Ignorance, and the girl, represented Mankind's Wants, and the ghost warned Scrooge of both.
That part really fascinated me because we all still suffer from this to some degree. So let's go over each one of those topics for a bit.
The root word for Ignorance is ignorant, and this has been a very sensitive word for some people because they think it means, Stupid. It doesn't. The Webster's dictionary says it means lacking knowledge. So it doesn't mean stupid at all. It simply means that you and I don't know something. And I think we can all agree that there is some bits of knowledge in this world we don't know about.
We can't know everything there is to know, but there is some ways to increase our knowledge, and it is to continue to learn all we can. By either taking some classes, going to workshops, listening to podcasts, or just simply reading books. The best thing about learning is, some of it can be done with little to no money. So get in the habit of being a constant learner.
Let's just face it, we all want something, whether it is some kind of material thing or some kind of knowledge like we talked about above. The key here is, we don't want our Wants to over take our lives. We have to have a balance with our wants and what we can afford it get. It is when we are out of balance that can get us all into trouble, both financially and relational. I say relational because it can and will affect your relationships if things fall out of balance.
So Let's Review...
The only way to fight ignorance is to live a life of constant learning. Don't just learn about topics you like, but learn about topics you need to know too, like perhaps, your finances.
You have to have a clear balance in your life between what you want and what you can afford to have. This is so important in both your relational and financial life.
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