C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, suggests that we are a people of deep and unending desire. He further states that our unending quest for satisfaction reveals a deeper and often confounding truth about what it means to be human!
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.”
We are a people of deep desire. We find, unfortunately, that our desires often remain unfulfilled. It seems we are an ever longing and always wanting people.
The shopping saturated Christmas season is one of our most prolific expressions of this reality.
The Ghost of Christmas Past: Wanting to Extinguish What Must Be Explored
Everything about the Ghost of Christmas Past is exceptional.
While televised renditions attempt to capture its essence, all of them fail – some miserably so.
But, of course, how could they not?
The Ghost that Haunts Us All
Dickens imagines a complex and contradictory apparition. Conveying the essence of the Ghost of Christmas Past is like trying to describe an ancient, angelic being. The kind of being lodged in the bowels of Apocalyptic books like Daniel or Ezekiel.
The mythical appearance of the apparition serves as a stark reminder that the portions of our past we are unwilling to name will always fill us with fear and leave us conflicted. These unnamed and unknown realms of our personal history hold us captive in ways we’re often unable to identify.
Scrooge’s journey with the Ghost of Christmas Past represents the journey we all ought to take. As such, the Ghost of Christmas Past teaches Scrooge a lesson we all need to learn!
It’s a journey into the unnamed past that inexplicably haunts our present.