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From the editor's desk 15 December

The War Cry comments on how we treat others 

Society works best when we all work together

LAST Sunday, Harry Redknapp was crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here.

The former manager of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and a host of other football clubs won over TV viewers with his humour, gentlemanly behaviour towards the ladies and his devotion to Sandra, his wife of more than 50 years.

As viewing figures hit five-year highs, the public took to Harry and the other celebrities as they engaged in the Bush Tucker Trials and Dingo Dollar Challenges. Whereas in other years viewers have seen feuds and fallings-out, this year’s camp-mates appeared to care for each other, sharing luxury items and, at times, putting the needs of others before themselves.

It was a refreshing change to watch a cohesive community working together for the common good – particularly when in other areas of the public sphere there are divisions and a promotion of self-interest.

Society works best when we all work together. It doesn’t matter who we are, we can all make a difference to our communities by treating other people as we should.

That has always been the case. It was the point that Charles Dickens made when he wrote A Christmas Carol. As we report in this week’s War Cry, it was 175 years ago that he published the story about the miser Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Those encounters transform Scrooge into a generous, caring and compassionate man. As a result, the lives of the people he interacts with are improved.

Although the story was written in Victorian times, it would be good if, today, more of us learnt from it – or from more recent examples – about the positive impact our individual actions can make on the people around us.

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