Wright Words: Parable of the father, the artist and the family

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  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    Oct. 19, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    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.

    Oct. 11, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    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?

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    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!!

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    It was a silly, weak story.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Oct. 8, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    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!

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Oct. 8, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    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 cut it.

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    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.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    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.

  • StGeorge Washington, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    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.