Mysteries: Charles Dickens

Charles Dicken’s literature delineates many mysteries human nature themes. Dicken’s was good at characterizing the dualistic tension that exists between our self-interests (selfish gene) and our social-interests (social gene), and how this dualism separates people. In the classic Christmas Carol, Dickens has the scatological Ebenezer Scrooge  self-evolve from a person of utter selfishness to one of honor and balance, and who came to value the welfare of others. Scrooge was able to evolve from a self-centered existence to one that included a social-centered belonging and connecting with others. Dickensian themes often revolve around a need to grow up and the lively drama that plays out between what I have designated as the Prime Dualism of the Self-Need (individuality), and the Belonging-Need (mutuality). In his Tale of Two Cities, Dicken’s writes, “it is the best of times, it is the worst of times,” and we have captured for all time the ageless wisdom in realizing that the time we live is a time when bad and good things happen. I say that whatever happens in time, it is up to each of us to deal with those happenings and make the most out of them. Overall, Dickens writings usually end on a hopeful note for mankind.

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