3. The people, the gift and the purpose.

This post is an installment in the “Let Me Tell You a Story” Series. It ought to be read in order and in context. For the introduction to this story, click anywhere on this text. There you will also find a table of contents.

So, we return to our narrative, the King has made a place for his new creation: his people. Those whom he loved before they knew they existed. He brought all things into existence that these people would need. Yet, this was not what excited him. He was going to do something very special with this people. He was going to give them three gifts: his identity, immortality, and incorruption.

I know, at first, this might not seem like a big deal, but it is a big deal. Think of insects and think of yourself. Think of what makes you different as a human. You can think, speak, and rationalise. You can become emotional about something and deal with that. You can write a book or drive a car. You can design birdcages or you can build skyscrapers. You can do all of that. An ant, however, cannot.

So, imagine. Imagine if you could give the ant your own abilities. These do not belong to the ant by nature, but you are giving them to the ant as a gift. The ant takes on your personality and traits and can start processing and making its own decisions as well. It can create or magnify or do whatever it pleases. It is dubious that a person would not be astounded and astonished when witnessing such a thing.

That, though, is precisely what happened. This great King through his mysterious work, wrought out people. How? I have not the slightest. We have guesses, of course. Theories. Some facts point to different possibilities of how they were made, but, we really are not entirely and completely sure yet. Maybe one day we will be, but that question is not so important to us in the understanding of the relationship between the people and their King.

By nature, these people whom he made, were not intelligent. They were not different from any of the other animals. Except for the gift that they received, they were simply another creature. Without this special gift, the People were merely animals like any other animals. They were instinctual, and without rationality. Without this gift, they were mere mortals. Without this gift, their lives would expire, and their bodies would disintegrate, and they would simply go into non-existence again.

The King did not want toys. He wanted something more. He wanted, very simply, what most parents want. He wanted to give of himself, to love, and to be loved in return. In short, he was looking for a relationship. Now, remember something mentioned earlier: he did not need to have this. No. He wanted to have this. This difference is very important and we will return to it.

So, these irrational toys were going to be granted something that nobody had ever been granted before. The King, by his power and through his will, breathed something new into these people – his own person, his own being. He told them that they were to be exactly like him. The people were being made Kings. The ants were becoming human. Of course, the ant is still an ant, and a person is still a person, but this gifting of traits makes the thing receiving the gift a different kind of thing. The difference is that the ant is not a human by nature, but it was receiving that title as a gift. The King was elevating the people from what they were by nature, to what he was by grace. By nature, they were just creatures. Giving them his characteristics, however, made them unique even from the servants we mentioned before. These creatures became creative because the King was creative. They were compassionate because the King was the perfection of compassion. They had authority because the King is the authority. In other words, the King was the absolute of any trait, while the people had those traits relatively to him.

The Purpose
Let me posit something else here, if you will. This gift ought to have mattered immensely to people. It matters because it denotes purpose; that they were not just random things who became aware of themselves. It is not common for someone to undertake an action with no purpose. It would not be common, for example, to see someone enter a forest, chop down a few trees, chop them into smaller pieces of lumber, and then return to his home without ever wondering or doing anything with those pieces of lumber. Surely the cutting of the wood would serve a purpose: firewood, furniture, paper, or just to sell in the market. If the person cutting the wood simply carried the action and left, surely we would consider the behaviour bizarre at worst, or peculiar at best. Some purpose is demanded of the lumberjack, even if it is simply for pleasure!

The King, similarly, was not making or putting together random things. No. He was purposefully designing these people. They were meant to function in a particular way, and they were meant to be something. That “thing” that they were meant to be, was him. He implanted himself into them and gave them the ability to be like him. Yes, they were made of different material. Yes, they were not him naturally, but that was not an obstacle.

Would you mind if I gave you another analogy? Think of a car. A car was designed to be something: a car. It’s a vehicle. It transports things and objects. It is made of certain materials to serve a certain function, a specific purpose. These people are like the cars in the sense that they were designed with a purpose and identity. A car is a car. It’s not just metal and gears. It’s a car. Likewise, these people were not just elements from the periodic table of elements, they were more than elements: they were people.

I am telling you all this background story because it is so important for understanding the rest of the tale. You see, this King, as we said, did not have to make anything. Yet, he wanted to. It was his goodwill to do so. What he wanted, though, was to elevate these people above everything else in creation. He wanted them to live in a deep relationship of love – both with him and with one another. He gave the people his own identity, so that they would have the ability to run things effectively and to learn. He gave them his own DNA, just like our parents give to us. We take of our parents’ characteristics by virtue of being their children. Similarly, this King implanted, gifted into these people his own characteristics. Not randomly, but with purpose.

So his desire was a relationship with them, and their identity was him. They were supposed to look and function in a certain way, a person was a person because the King made him a person. The person did not exist on his own, but was only in existence because the King lovingly brought him into existence.

The King’s love was clear to the people. He told them that they’re his children, and that if they want, they can live with him forever. He tells them of his own gifts, the characteristics that are in him and now in them, that he’s willing to teach to them and how to use effectively. He tells them that even though this Kingdom is his, he wants to share it with them. He wants them to rule with him. The people themselves were not very intelligent, but this did not matter to the King. He loved them as they were and was happy to teach them whatever it is that they needed. So, he brought them into his palace, and he put them in charge of everything. He let them make a lot of choices. He gave them all the freedom in the world, because he loved them so much.

One wonders how or why anything could have gone wrong.