Email conversation with Ansur, of wyrd_crossings, and Ansur's blog
FOR THE NEW YEAR-PERHAPS WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A GREAT QUESTION.
Imagine that you are sitting on the floor in the "Spoiled Rotus" (an official Yogurt Position) one evening. You are deep in a meditation, contemplating your navel, when you are disturbed by a loud roaring/buzzing noise in the backyard. So you arise and go to back door and throw it open.
Hehe, I like how Ansur ALWAYS thinks "outside the box" and does not need these ('creative thinking') cards, that I personally found a bit silly (pace, Su and Tim!) ;-))
There, standing in front of you is a green, bug-eyed Alien Creature from the Galactic Center of Great Wisdom. Behind the creature is its transportation device, a glowing flying saucer, making metallic clicking sounds as it cools from its swift heated trip through the atmosphere.
Amazed at these unexpected sights, you are even more astonished when the creature, in a perfect Estonian accent, announces, "I am here to grant you the answer to one question. So quit thinking about the fuzz in your navel and begin contemplate one great, life changing question!"
Your mind runs through the gamut of possible questions, knowing that the answer to a great question could literally affect the rest of your life. Quickly, you discard the first thing that comes to you mind-How to stop your soufflés from dropping, or how to get in Mary-Ann's pants (would you have to steal them out of her lingerie drawer?). And then your Chaos training kicks in and you forget all about soufflés and Mary-Ann and you begin to focus your magically-trained mind.
Asking a Great Question could be the beginning of a wonderful adventure, full of exciting discoveries, and even free you from common errors. But asking such a question might also open the door to turmoil and you might be subjected to unknown and unpredictable situations.
And what if the answer is something you don't want to hear? What if the answer puts you outside the comforting walls of safety and security that you have built around yourself?
At this point, you might even look closely at the creature, wondering if it might be, in fact, an evil demon come to destroy you and your way of life - and then eat your soul.
He, evil demons don't scare me so much any more, having read Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, Ansur: EVERYTHING has its 'good' and 'bad' sides in the morally ambiguous multiverse in which we find ourselves ;-))
It takes bravery to ask great questions. Most people would prefer to not go looking for possible trouble and chance leaving behind the known and comfortable.
Perhaps to be a great magician, you must be willing to ask great questions and accept answers that ordinary people would immediately and automatically reject.
So what would your great question be?
Great freakin q, Ansur... will have to get back to you on that one, ok? After contemplating the lint in my navel for a bit, that is ;-))
"What the Bleep Do We Know!?" seems a great start, for a great q, however...! ;-))