Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The first shop he stopped at was called Charisma. It claimed to provide useful tools for the journey. But as he entered there was a protest going on. Some carried signs saying no one could be successful on their journey without certain tools. Others were saying those same tools were fraudulent and should not be sought after. But curiously enough, the traveler found a package of tools with his name on it selected by the King for him. He picked up this package and went on.
Next he came to the shop of Proskunema which offered merchandise meant to honor the King. But as he looked around he saw this was not one shop but many, all offering different types of wares, though there were a few basic types. Some offered venerable and ornate items with deep historical significance. Others were boisterous and frenetic and favored loud celebration. And some were austere and restrained, avoiding any ostentation or excesses. Also, while some items honored the King, many exalted the sellers or their experiences or the groups they belonged to. Even the items the King mandated, the sign of water and the sign of bread and wine, came in a perplexing variety of forms. The traveler took a simple form of the required signs and such other things as he felt honored the King and moved on.
The next shop, Logos, offered maps for the journey. There were maps in older or more modern language, many with interpretative helps. There was also a variety of other aids to interpretation, ranging from brief condensations stating people's position on the contents of the map to detailed scholarly treatises to simplified popular books. There were also here many protesters arguing for their version of the map or their compilation of its contents. The traveler picked up a version of the map and, not being so conceited as to despise wise counsel, chose carefully some aids to interpretation.
With persistence he made it to the other end of town, avoiding the multitude offering him quack remedies or quick fixes to help him on his journey. As he left Hype behind he noticed the number of pilgrims on the road had thinned out, as many had stayed behind to sell their wares or to protest. But the traveler let out a sigh of relief as he saw Hype vanish behind a hill.