Was reading about how Christmas is being portrayed in 'A Christmas Carol' by Dickens, along with a student.
So, it seems Dickens inspired a whole generation to embrace carol singing, family dinners and dances and the concept of sharing during Christmas.
Although i had read about Dickens socialist tendencies and his intent to educate the public, in college, it has taken me this many years of ageing to actually comprehend that a writer or a creative artist can wield so great an influence on the minds and actions of a society.
Children in the west are better off today, than their orphaned counter parts in other parts of the world. Dickens' conscious attempts to point out to the misery of the poor, can be viewed as a game changer in making the west a pioneer in social welfare.
No society is flawless. The capitalist west has, however, definitely a frame work to its credit, through which a poor child finds food, clothing and shelter.
How many others can make such claims? This question is not a challenge. I ask it because I don't know the answer and can only guess that not many have welfare solutions for the poor.
Getting back to the topic, Dickens! I feel so inspired by you.