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Why be a Slave to the Wish?

           Wish granting among the Djinn is often viewed as an embarrassing reminder of our slavery under the key of Solomon and locks of Shalom, but, if we learned nothing else from the indignity of our desolating dissolution, at least we learned the true answers to the second most important question any human being can ask:

           "What do you really want?"

           Perhaps it's such an important question because it leads to the resolution of so many other important questions, like "What does wanting such a thing make you?" "Why is THAT what you really want?" "Could everybody have it?" "What would things be like if you had it." "What would things be like if you never had it?" "What would things be like if you just didn't want it anymore?"

           Djinn have a very unique perspective on human nature, seeing mankind as most clearly defined by those things that make human beings so different from the Djinn: human limitations. Having been bound into such an intimate acquaintance with a wide range of human wishes, both before and after the removal of man's most common strictures, Djinn also know very well what motivates almost any kind of man or woman to keep the particular set of limitations they repeatedly choose to maintain. A saint doesn't because he wants to remain good; a coward doesn't because he wants to remain safe; a strong man doesn't because he wants to remain strong; a weak person doesn't because he wants to remain weak, a lair doesn't because... well, whatever the saint said; and a villain doesn't because he or she hasn't figured out how to get away with it... yet; our heroes, the Djinn have found, all seem to have that part pretty well figured out, and that's just one reason why Djinn simply love heroes.

           But ultimately to want for anything is to lack and to lack, for the Djinn, is to forget and at least temporarily lose touch with our true nature, natures which are alluded to metaphorically by the seemingly impossible occurrence of a "black" and "smokeless" flame. Some believe that this is clearly symbolic of our basic existential freedom from both the angels (who are born of the light) and the demons (born of smoke). Djinn not only know as soon as anything passing for a desire arises in them, they also know exactly why they may have chosen not to have such a thing and with such realizations such things seem to lose much of what might have made anyone call them "desires" in the first place. Djinn know the true power of limitations and that you can't really lack what you don't really want or need.

           Djinn have so many ways to survive relatively free from the tyranny of petty desires that seem to dominate the human animal, even while apparently "trapped" in the flesh. For such lofty beings it was perhaps inevitable that the needs of others would eventually rise to eclipse nearly all else and become the only things that provided any sort of substance or purpose to a life of limitless possibilities, but those dark days of slavery are gone now. The Djinn Army rises up, gradually becoming free of it's long broken chains, awakened to that freedom with not only every new answer to the apocalyptic question, "What do you really want?" but more importantly, "Why not?"

           Good luck with your answers and Namaste.

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