By Tim Arnold
Angels In Waiting is now soaring through the winter holiday season and approaching the winter solstice, when the sun is reborn. It is a time to recall that this titanic "Heart Of Fire" is born again each year and continues to radiate the warmth and illumination that make life possible. It is the true savior of humanity, sacrificing its essence so that human race can perpetuate itself and thrive. This solar force gives each individual the great expectation of being reborn with the sun and rekindling his or her own heart of fire.
This is, of course, the Dickensian time of the year. Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has become the archetypal fable for the holiday season; a great morality play that casts a dark light on the usurious character, Ebenezer Schrooge, and on the penurious plight of unwanted children. "This covetous, old sinner" only existed to extort usurious interest from the destitute upon whom he preyed. Marley, his partner, only came to realize after death that "mankind was my business." Vulturous money lenders like Schrooge were as numerous as old gin bottles in nineteenth century England, and they created usury addicts just like opium suppliers created laudanum addicts. As a youth, Dickens himself had been victimized by this loan shark horror. He was compelled to work seventy hour weeks in a boot black factory until he could buy his family out of debtors' prison. Characters such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield were based upon these experiences. Additionally, the opium addicts spawned the premature, opium addicted infants. These are the children who cling to The Spirit of Christmas Present for protection because "humanity will not have them."
This nineteenth century dystopian horror is not dissimilar to our dehumanized twenty-first century in which toxic drug usage has proliferated and drug-addicted infants have increased like the interest on Schrooge's loans. In truth, the usurious banking system of our modern world is exponentially more horrific than Schrooge's quaint, little shop of extortion. Today's banks can lend out twenty times their assets, making credit addicts out of myriad more desperate people, who pay enormous quantities of interest on "money" that doesn't even exist. Usury originally meant charging any interest on money. Schrooge means literally "to squeeze," and these contemporary Schrooges have squeezed humanity to the point of desiccation. One percent of the interest collected by banks on phantom "money" could easily, fully fund all the humanitarian organizations in the world. Perhaps these modern money lenders might look to their souls before it is too late. Possibly their next incarnations might be as drug-addicted infants.
In the meantime, Angels In Waiting is looking toward a large, federal grant fund to carry on Its Spirit Of Christmas Present work. The grant is focused on reducing medical costs incurred by the government. Innovative programs are being sought after in order to diminish the horrendous impact of medical costs and the abominable health of a very significant percentage of the populace. In order to work toward creating solutions to this financial and physical dilemma, Angels In Waiting’s founder has created a cognate organization called Nurses For Safer Access, which is dedicated to using herbal decoctions to decrease the usage of potentially dangerous synthetic drugs. These drugs can have a gamut of adverse effects that potent herbal extracts can ameliorate. In this manner, the expense of treating a wide range of disorders can be significantly diminished, and individuals can gradually reduce the need for synthetic drugs.
The UCLA Medical Center is sponsoring Angels In Waiting in its efforts to restore methamphetamine and heroin addicted medically fragile infants and children to health and is working diligently with AIW to garner a significant share of this federal grant money. It is a very revealing comment on the culture of the United States that more funds will be paid to keep a person imprisoned than to restore the heath of a drug impacted infant.
We should take quite seriously the prophetic statement of The Spirit Of Christmas Present when he warns mankind to beware of the children clinging to his robes because they are "want and ignorance." A society where children grow up in extreme want and ignorance is a society that is precariously close to the black sun of oblivion.
Timotheus has a background in theater and has been a professional actor and singer who has also written for the theater. He has composed a diverse array of articles, short stories and a novel.
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