“Then he told them many things in parables...” - Matthew 13:3a
“When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you lean forward.” - J.J. Abrams
Part 3 - I Have A Dream
That's what the good prophetic voices do. They speak the sometimes difficult truths (truths that have put more than a few prophets in personal peril including Dr. King) to the present and cast a vision for the future – and they use metaphor when they have to. “I have a dream.” Clearly, Dr. King understood the power of metaphor for speaking difficult truths and, in doing so, the power of metaphor to not only cause us to lean in but to change us.
Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek was my first geeky experience of this reality. The crew who assembled weekly on the deck of the NCC-1701 Starship Enterprise looked unlike anything I saw anywhere else in my childhood. It was comprised of people from various nations and ethnic lineage. Each of them were heads of their respective departments and they were on the bridge because of their abilities and because of what they could bring to the team. The Captain, Kirk, showed each of them respect without regard to anything outside of their performance. This was a vision of the future that changed my perspective. This was a dream worthy of dreaming.