A doctor is tending a dying patient, who gives him an ancient Chinese lamp with instructions to destroy it. "Do not touch this without gloves," she says, "for this is Aladdin's lamp." The story is based in fact; there was an actual Aladdin in China (not under that name, of course). However, every wish carries a curse with it. Aladdin wished to be Emperor but was constantly facing rebellion and/or invasion. The patient wished to be beautiful and to be a model and an actress but got hooked on drugs and the genie did not let her kick the habit. Her grandfather wished to be rich, and he got mixed up with the Mafia. The lamp is difficult to destroy. In fact, inspired by Lord of the Rings, our hero tries to throw it into Kilauea on a trip to Hawaii, but the lamp is waiting for him when he returns to the hotel, however; he has not fully let go of his wish. The only way to destroy the lamp and break the curse is to let go of all wishes made, but this becomes harder and harder as time goes on.
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Pretty cool. Based on the Biblical concept that in order to gain anything we must lose everything, right? Is the lamp actually destroyed or does it just go somewhere else thereby offering the option to have a sequel?
Post by Spokane Flyboy on May 27, 2008 18:53:30 GMT -5
The internal struggle alone would be interesting. How hard it is to let go of something we really want, even if it is illgotten.
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