- The Flowers Part 1: Greenhouses
- The Flowers Part 3: The Flower Meetings
- The Flowers Part 4: New Growth
Disclaimer: the following is a fictional story. It is not intended to reflect correct historical order, real motives for different institutions and practices, or a thorough theological study. It simply illustrates a point. Thank you.
As the people’s fears abated concerning the flowers’ exposure to the elements, another concern began to crop up: they realized they were not professional growers and were afraid that they might not be able to keep the flowers alive or growing as vibrantly and beautifully as the Great Gardener. They weren’t sure what to do about this at first; some thought to consult the Great Gardener. Others thought it might be advantageous to discuss the matter with neighboring growers. These people weren’t growing flowers, they grew cacti and thorn bushes and the like, but it seemed to make sense to note their strategy. It seemed to work well for them so maybe it could be applied to growing flowers as well. This seemed like the easiest approach and soon the growers were having regular consultation with the cactus and thorn bush growers. The theory of the cactus and thorn bush growers was that putting all the work of growing into the hands of a paid professional made the most sense. Everyone could not be trusted to understand the complexities of plant growth and everyone could not take the time to learn these complex details. This made sense to the flower growers so they finally decided that they would select one person to become proficient in the ways of growing and nourishing their flower (they had taken to “owning” a specific flower), and he would not have to work a trade, for this would be his trade: that he might devote all his time and energy to learning and implementing techniques in flower growing.
Before long the custom of having one proficient grower spread to all the groups growing flowers and they all adopted the custom. This lead many groups to bring in professionals from outside their ranks who had degrees in horticulture. If one among them becoming proficient was a good idea bringing in someone who was a trained professional seemed even better. This assured the people that the person they picked had proficiency in flower growth and nourishment techniques. Since this professional spent all his time tending to the flower he would have to be paid a full time salary. This took away some of the peoples’ resources that had been used to buy fertilizer, water, and nutrients but they could now rest assured that the flower was tended to professionally.
There came a time when very few remembered that they had all once been a part of the flower growing process, and even fewer who remembered the ways of flower growing at all. Fortunately they had a professional who knew the ways of flower growing well and could make up for the people’s lack of knowledge. But it was hard for the people when a professional grower would leave them because no one among the group really knew what to do to care for the flower after the professional left. Some of these professionals left basic instructions on how to keep the flower alive, or he would try to pass his knowledge on to another young man, but by-and-large the people would have to figure out for themselves how to keep the flower from dying while they scurried to get another professional to care for their flower as quickly as possible.
Through all these changes some thought that the flowers were not looking very bright and colorful, and that they hung limply and lifeless but that could not truly be the case since the flowers now had a safe greenhouse to reside in and a professional to care for their needs, but it was still hard for some to shake the belief that the flowers did not look quite as amazing and vibrant as they once had. The professionals assured them that the flowers continued to look amazing and shared with them the new techniques that they were using to enliven the flowers even more. Some of these professionals attached crutches to the flowers’ stalks to help them stand up and look more alive, others painted the flowers’ petals to restore their beauty and color, and they always shared with the people that the Great Gardener should be praised and followed in the ways of flower growing, but very few actually approached the Great Gardener and asked him what they should do. It seemed to them that the flowers looked great and they were doing well, so why bother the Great Gardener with their silly concerns.