Edwin Woolsey

Willow Springs, Mo.

To the editor:

In consideration of my annual “Ebenezer Scrooge” moment, I looked in my billfold to see how much money I had left at the end of the month, analyzing if I had enough to go shopping. “Yes,” I thought, “If I only get the few things I need, I should be fine.”

Then upon arriving in the big city of _____ (you fill in the blank), I was confronted in every store by a chorus of “Sir, would you like to donate... Sir, would you like to give... Sir, would you like to buy an extra gift for... Sir... Sir... Sir... Sir... Sir... Sir...?” Little did they know that I might not have enough coin to cover my indebtedness to them, let alone donate to everyone else’s worthy need.

Suddenly I knew exactly how poor old, maligned Ebenezer Scrooge felt!

The condition of “want” is one of the greatest God-given gifts ever entrusted to man. Historically, if individuals wanted for hunger, our forebears got up off their haunches and hunted, gathered or planted gardens. If their need was clothing, our predecessors left the couch to tan hides, collect wool or harvest plant fibers. If the need was shelter, then our ancestors put down the video game and built homes, found caves, excavated into the earth, etc.

And by these responses to “want,” innovation brought us to the place we are today regarding technology and industry. An ancient, “non-politically correct” proverb once stated, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But sadly, mother is dead, bludgeoned to death by do-gooders, under the guise of misguided charity!

And to the pious, saintly types, whom I have undoubtedly offended, if you will not hear Scrooge, then listen to St. Paul, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Why? Because Paul knew hunger is a very effective motivator regarding human incentive.

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one!