Business; The Jacob Marley Perspective

As the wealthy, politicians, lobbyists and business men skulk back to whatever comfortable and warm lairs they inhabit for a brief holiday of further excess and hollowness before resuming their assault next year on what they perceive to be “the burden of social programmes” I hope they can take a little time to recall some words:


In his wonderful novella A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens masterfully delivers his message through his well written prose. Time and time again he efficiently delivered his message, that the wealthy must change, at how avaricious and blind they have been. Thus enlightening the wealthy members of society with this allegory.

Allegories have been written throughout the course of history, but few deliver their message as well as a Christmas Carol. Christmas Carol is cherished because of its simplicity and impact, while it is commemorated for it’s moral message. At the time of its writing the use of Ignorance and Want effectively delivered message that a moral change was needed by the wealthy, today we have reached the point where the modern wealthy and that new class of creatures we have allowed to develop that we can usefully call “the political class” need reminding again.


Wealth, power and position is not a right, it is a privilege afford to so very few and with it comes duty towards all others and the earth you live on. Should they fail to live up to those responsibilities correctly then they may rest assured that history will repeat itself and that those two children of mankind called Ignorance and Want will yet again remind them.



A Christmas Carol
The speech between the ghost of Jacob Marley and  Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Oh! captive, bound, and double-ironed,’ cried the
phantom, ‘not to know, that ages of incessant labour, by
immortal creatures, for this earth must pass into eternity
before the good of which it is susceptible is all developed.
Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in
its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life
too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that
no space of regret can make amends for one life’s
opportunity misused! Yet such was I! Oh! such was I!’

‘But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,’
faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

‘Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again.
‘Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my
business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence,
were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but
a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my

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