I have an interesting thought I would like to share with you guys (It is a bit of a digression) that stemmed from our discussion of Scoorge's rejection or indifference to giving charity. From the text I got the notion that Scoorge is not simply rejecting the donation collector, but feels extensively that he has already given charity indirectly through governmental processes like taxation, which reach the needy in forms of prisons and union workhouses. We spoke about the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 that Scrooge refers to as well. From what I understand, the Poor Law created a work environment for the poor which was purposely organized to be terrible in order to discourage them from working there and gaining 'poor relief'. This law follows the ideology that people will choose being pleasent and claim relief other than doing actual work whenever possible, which is understandable enough. But in thinking about it, this really struck me as it sounded like the government at the time almost wanted the public to be lazy and thoughtless. And lazy and thoughtless we are when we are well-fed and pleasant And as I thought about this, I started feeling that though we are certainly not under such a law system here, many modern day American can become drones to this lifestyle. I feel like most people will believe whatever they hear, eat whatever is given to them and are easily swayed to attach positive and negative symbols to things and events, no questions asked. If we see it on the news or are assured something is 'safe', 'harmless' or 'all-natural'by a professional, we believe it without doing any individual research. We have reached a point where we are too cozy in our lives to bother, and are either unaware of how mcdonalized our lives have become or we just don't care as long as we are 'pleasant'. Why do you think this is, and what causes the similarities between how people are today and how people were in Caroll's time? Or you can share just any thoughts in general about this.