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Quote of the Day: “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.”

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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.

This line from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is probably familiar to many readers, but in a book with a focus on Scrooge, it seems almost an aside, and some modern renditions skip past it.

Yet, I believe any version that does not include this part does a grave disservice to the story.  Dickens clearly included it because he thought it was important for people to hear and think about.  It is the reminder that while the theme of the general story is the redemption of a single person, that the fate and collective redemption of humankind rests upon our ability as a human race to overcome our inherent ignorance.  I agree with Dickens that on the brow of ignorance may be our doom.

 

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December 25th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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