Benjamin Disraeli: British Political Leader When Dickens Wrote "The Christmas Carol"

Today's the birthday of Prime Minister Disraeli,

With Queen  Victoria he 'd speak  almost daily.

"Greetings, your Majesty. I hope you're well;

I just bought you the Suez Canal."

[John Tenniel: "Disraeli and Victoria Exchanging Gifts" 1876 in Punch Magazine]

"Two nations between whom  there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits , thoughts, and feelings as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor." [Benjamin Disraeli]

Echoes  of Dickens.


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  • I like that quote, without blame it points to two authentic human conditions.

    Anyone that has any small way experienced 'rags to riches' or 'riches to rags' can see the inherent blindness in this dichotomy. To ask one to see it clearly is no small favor, it involves a death of ego.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I don't think 'ego' is a problem among the poor.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    To use the Christmas Carol as an example, one could choose to look at Scrooge as the chambermaid saw him or they could choose to see him as his nephew or Bob Cratchet saw him, I like to think the latter would be how Christ would see Scrooge.

    Aquinas, my mother and I grew up very poor and I think you under estimate the poor, people are not as weak as you would have them be nor should their struggle be diminished to the lack of objects. No amount of charity can eliminate one's 'poor of spirit', some things must be faced and even the poor have the burden of ego.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I believe it was Christ himself who commented on how difficult it would be for a rich man to gain access to heaven. There's more to it, 4zen, than just ego.

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