Dear John Green:
To the modern world, the fist paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities can be applied to almost anything. Being of timeless wording, Dickens describes the world as both good and bad, smart and foolish, belief and disbelief, promising and stark, hope and despair, having everything and yet nothing, and that we will all go to heaven but still go to hell. Of all the things this could be applied to, today it can generally describe the world. In simplicity, the world has both good and evil, such as the many advancements we have made and the good people who thought them up, but also the terrible brain children of war. Oh the smart and the foolish, the thinkers and the stealers. The belief in government, people, religion, but the disbelief in the contradictory things they do. The promise if a better tomorrow, but the fear of oblivion, war, and other stark things. Hope for all the people of the world, but the sadness that those people have now. Having everything you wish, but still not having quite as much. Depending on your religion, political views, or ideals, all of us have your good qualities deserving heaven, but yet all of us have our hidden monster that deserves hell, Dickens was making a comment on society and the world, and it still holds true today.
You, Mr. Dickens, are a wise man.