- The Flowers Part 1: Greenhouses
- The Flowers Part 2: Professional Growers
- 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.
Soon no one could remember a time when flowers were not kept in greenhouses and tended to by professionals. They did not remember what the flowers used to look like during that early time when the Great Gardener first planted them. They had heard legendary stories of the Great Gardener and decided it would be nice if they gathered around the flower in a special way once a week to honor the Great Gardener and remember the day he planted the first flowers. This special meeting around the flower began to show very high attendance and people found going to this special meeting very comforting and encouraging. These meetings were doing so well in fact that very few noticed that no one was stopping by to let in sunlight for the flower during the other six days of the week. Some groups noticed and decided that they would institute a couple secondary meetings which few attended but those who did were applauded as caring greatly for the flowers and the Great Gardener. To a few this seemed very unlike what they read in the Journals of the early days. It seemed to them that caring for and tending to the flowers had been a part of peoples’ everyday lives, but now no one but the professional cared for the flower and only a small portion of time was given to even looking at the flower. These people felt uneasy. They brought their thoughts to the professionals who in turn explained to them that they did not quite understand the Journals because they lacked the training to do so. The professionals assured them through complex explanations that the differences between their ways and the Journals’ were only superficial and due to unavoidable changes in the environment. The professionals tried to explain that they were applying the principles of the Journals and the Great Gardener but in a way that applied to this new environment which the writers of the Journals did not have to deal with. This settled the concerns of many, but there were still a few who felt slightly uneasy, but continued to go along not knowing what else to do.
Since the professional knew far more about the upkeep of flowers then the rest of the people, he was generally the one to speak at the gatherings around the flower. He would tell the people stories about the Great Gardener and the first flowers. He would encourage them to come back every week to talk about the Great Gardener and the flowers. He would explain to them the new programs going into maintaining their flower and in planting new flowers. This was all very exciting, but would obviously cost money, so he encouraged them to give financially to these programs. In that way they could, like the earliest followers of the Great Gardener, take part in the growth of the flowers. People loved the idea that they could be a part of planting and maintaining flowers, so many gave generously. While planting flowers and maintaining flowers was important the people also felt like improving the greenhouses was important, so much of the money went into making the greenhouses look nicer, to reflect the beauty and life of the flower.
An interesting thing happened during this time. As people became more concerned with the greenhouse displaying the beauty and vibrancy of the flower they thought it would be encouraging to make the greenhouse look more like the flower. They did this by putting a large spire (or point) on top of the greenhouse. This resembled the stalk of the flower and became a universal symbol that it was a greenhouse that housed a flower. When people would talk about these greenhouses they found it difficult and awkward to describe it as “the greenhouse I go to that houses the flower that I visit at the weekly meeting,” so soon shorthand forms of this were created, instead of calling it “the greenhouse where the flower is stored” they just called the greenhouse “the flower.” Instead of calling it “the meeting where we gather by the flower to hear about the flower and the Great Gardener” they just began calling the meeting “the flower” as well. This seemed much easier and not quite as tongue tying.
As a part of the greenhouse upgrades, chairs were installed for the people. Since they weren’t really participating in the tending to the flower, it made more sense for them to sit rather then stand around and get cramped legs. The chairs were pointed toward the professional so they could look at him while he spoke (which took up most of the time during the meetings). They had felt for a while that standing around the flower made it hard to see the professional as he spoke, so now that their seats faced him and he was raised up on a podium they could hear his lectures and see him much better.