Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Not About Us

Yesterday, from the childrens story Haroun and The Sea of Stories, I mentioned the Chupwala's who live in darkness allowing their shadows to act independently of their true self. This is poignant metaphor for our digital identity which may not be rooted in the light/reality of our true self expressed in genuine community.

Well, on the other side of the planet live the Guppies. The Chupwalas live in darkness percisely because the Guppies used the P2C2E (Process Too Complicated To Explain) machine to lock the planets rotation in place so that they could live in perpetual sunshine.

Guppies? Maybe it's Yuppies.

But another interesting aspect of the Guppies is that their Prince Bolo and Princess Batcheat are equally reponsible for polluting the Stories, not by plugging up the renewing Well-Spring, but by distorting the existing stories to be all about them. Famous stories are rewritten, displacing the central characters with their own name.

Again, I'm going to direct the aim squarely at Facebook. To quote one of my favorite bloggers:
It’s not about us. The blogosphere, the Twitterverse, the Facebook generation has made everything so much about us... But I think scripture is clear that there are at least two things we should view as more important than ourselves: God, and other people [Matthew 22]. We should humble ourselves and think less of our own [opinions]... They have a place, to be sure, but it must all be grounded in a deep, Christ-like humility. (Brett McCraken)
We must keep the narrative of the story intact; not defile it by making the story all about us.

I'm just scratching the surface of the depth and beauty in Haroun. This is one childrens story every adult should read.


Walking Poem said...

David! This is one of my favorite stories! I have read it several times over the last few years. Interesting observations you make. I'd like to hear more. The sequel is interesting too... Though it address other topics...

DK said...

Did you see my post from Yesterday?

There is so much cool stuff in the metaphor, and drawing the parallels in Harouns life in reality and in the magical world (who lines up with who in both worlds?...)

Ryan Topper recommended this one. :) He read it for a class at Multnomah.