I have been asking this question of my children a lot these days. And each time I ask that question I am reminded of several episodes of Babylon Five where this question is asked of all the ambassadors. ( Watching B5 was an act of love when my husband first proposed the idea as I am not a big fan of science fiction. However, I quickly became engaged in the story and enjoyed sharing this program with my husband. You can find out more about it at the Lurker’s Guide.) I also just asked this question with the small group that my husband and I lead through our church.
It is an open question, and as Christmas draws near images of lists for Santa, friends, and loved ones come to mind. But that is certainly not what the characters of B5 were thinking when asked, nor our house group, or even myself when I ponder what I want.
In B5 the characters all took this on a very deep level, asking for justice & vengeance on evil enemies, or glory & power. One of the Ambassadors chose to not answer the question, knowing that it was asked with ill intent. As the series progressed each character got what they wanted and the consequences that accompanied it. It was chilling to see a good natured ambassador become a ruthless dictator, unloved and unwanted by even his own people. This character eventually repents and helps his enemy. They even become friends. Both of these characters got what he wanted, but what they wanted changed over time.
This question lodges in my brain often. What do you want? And if I get what I want, what will the consequences be? Will I be able to live with them?
B5 – Who are you? What do you want?
Even the aliens turn out to be only human. . .
hReview by Andy , 2007/11/07