Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Christmas Story (redux)

The Christmas Story isn't about saying, "this is what happened", but "imagine if this happened".

Imagine a young woman gets pregnant after receiving a message from another dimension. 

The message says that her Child will be a long-promised avatar, the progeny of two realities.

(Let's call the realities, 'Heaven' and 'Earth'.) 

She will be the Child's Mother, but he won't have a human father.

In nine months' time, the Baby is born and messengers from Heaven appear in a flash of light to announce his arrival. 

The flash of light and the announcement is witnessed by a bunch of off-duty shift workers, who think they've had a shared hallucination, due to lack of sleep.

Against reason, they follow the instructions in the messengers' announcement to the spot where the Mother and adopted father - and an assemblage of domesticated animals - watch over the Child in rapt adoration.

Later, three philosopher kings - a trio of esteemed scientists, artists and statesmen - unexpectedly arrive, having followed an unusually luminous star to the site of the birth.

They examine the Child physically and metaphysically, and verify that he is precisely what the messengers claimed he would be - a timeless being incarnated inside a mortal body, sent to enlighten those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

So persuaded, the philosopher kings offer the Child tributes fit for a monarch.

And in that moment, the Child's Mother realizes something.

She realizes that the only gift that will ever really matter to her, or to humankind, had been given just a little while earlier, on that night when the Child was born.

Why wouldn't we all want to imagine that might have happened, at least once a year?

On Earth, peace and goodwill towards all. For the Istari Report, Merry Christmas.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why Istari Report?

Why Istari Report? Because you seek a signal in the noise, a pattern to the randomness of events. Because you don’t believe in easy answers, or that truth is how loud a person shouts their opinion.

Why Istari Report? Because you knew information would be the currency of the 21st century in 1984. Because you are already a global citizen, and never left your home town.

Why Istari Report? Because the world is a mirror that reflects every person’s desires, dreams, hopes and fears. Because you are cautious not to confuse this reflection with the real world inside yourself.

Why Istari Report? Because things don’t have to be real to be true. Or do they? 

Why Istari Report? Because there are no gods left, and none worth inventing. Because you’ve returned from the Hero’s Journey with boons for the masses.

Why Istari Report? Because the battle is always about winning hearts and minds.

Why Istari Report? Because you believe death and life aren't antithetical; that one needn't overcome the other.

Why Istari Report? Because you question the authority of inherited belief, whether religious, scientific, moral, political, academic.

Why Istari Report?  Because curiosity is common to all fields of human endeavour. And imagination is common to all curiosity. 
Why Istari Report? Because ‘Istari’ - meaning ‘wise ones’ - is a word from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Lord of the Rings that refers to five wizards sent into the world to rally humanity’s resolve against an ancient oppressor.

Why Istari Report? Because the world needs Istari more than ever.