My how journalism/creative writing has changed in my lifetime! A writer posts a
work online and then can quickly receive critiques from readers. Such feedback
never used to be available. I wonder if this is helping the artists or
adversely, preventing them from taking more creative risks in the future? That
might be a good future column topic for you, Jason: How a writer feels after
having their work product so quickly scrutinized and criticized. I look forward
to more of your parables and the thoughtful comments of readers about them.
If I recall correctly, the meaning of Christ's parables were hidden from
the masses. So, the interpretation of this parable must come from Jason himself.
But the beauty of parables is that they can have multiple interpretations, as
represented by earlier comments. Here's the way I see it.Yes, the
artist can be interpreted as God himself, he is the master artist. But the fact
that he's smiling at a miserable situation for the man who's lost his
family seems to indicate otherwise; that Satan is the cunning, conning artist
who has deceived the man with multiple lies and a time-warp. We are not told
where the man's family has gone. That may be an unfinished point, but maybe
irrelevant. We don't know enough about their activities while the father is
missing to know each of their destinations.An interesting point of view,
Jason. Are you intentionally leaving it vague to keep us guessing?
I appreciated the parable...guess each person gains from their own perspective.
To me, the MOST important 'things, art pieces, treasures' are within
the walls of our own homes, yet many of us seek for treasures, thinking they are
'out there', EVERYWHERE BUT in our homes. Our families are and ALWAYS
will be the treasures we take with us...THANK you, hon!!
It was a silly, weak story.
Why does everything have to be so complicated. I thought the story was simple
and to the point. I enjoyed it and the lesson behind it. Thank-you!
Swing and a miss.The artist was supposed to be Satan? Everything he
said was a lie?What was it that he said that enticed the man,
described as successful and a hard worker, to pursue this ridiculous quest?
What made the man think that a "humble artist," that couldn't find
his own paintings, could provide the promised rewards?Are there
really people that dedicate themselves to pursuing a goal that isn't their
own and isn't a goal that loved ones are asking of them? I sure
haven't met such a person. Yes, many people pursue their own goals at the
expense of family and to their own, ultimate detriment. Yes, many people pursue
goals driven by expectations or demands of loved ones, even to the detriment of
loved ones. Even more commonly, there are people that are so desperately
fighting to survive that they don't think beyond surviving. That
isn't what happened in this parable. There is a major plot hole with
regards to what the man's motivation was for leaving success, home, and
family. Some grandiose promise of "a humble artist" just doesn't
Jason, I loved the parable. As a Bishop, these stories are valuable to me. I
look for things like this to help me teach, counsel, and encourage.
Readers...just value the message. Too much criticism in the world. Keep it up
Jason. I enjoy your articles.
Three strikes and you're out. Didn't like it, It takes an word
artist to paint a parable and Jason Wright doesn't have the touch. I like
Jason's writing but he missed th boat on this one. First, it's to
busy at the start. Parables are simple. The motivation to action is not well
estabellished. Second, there is no reason for the man not recognizing the time
flow. Third, having the things that bring happiness gone doesn't bring the
resultant message. Poorly devised. Sorry.
At first I didn't like it. Initially, it seems that the man was duped into
leaving to search for the art that was to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
that would give him true happiness. Instead he spent years searching the world
over and couldn't find that which would bring him happiness.It
wasn't until I thought of the artist as God that I realized the art he had
created which was the most valuable thing to him was the man's family.
I didn't like the story. So the guy gave up every thing, family included to
be left alone with nothing. So what did he learn, Sadness, Regrets, Screwed
over. Morals is knowing the right thing to do Integrity is being strong enough
to do the right thing. Character is doing it.