IBMC #05 The Not-So-Quite Quote Challenge

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“If two people were simultaneously reading each other’s thoughts would the same thoughts be echoed for all of infinity?” asked Mehmet

“I’m confused at times, should I sound alarmed, should I echo the feeling?” pondered Hazeel out loud

“What good would come of creating a recursive feedback loop of confusion? One has to accept that there are things one won’t come to know about or understand but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This art of mind reading is not a precise science, best not conflate it with thought policing.” continued Hazeel.

“Haha, that’s just the thing, over thinking and over analyzing creates problems that aren’t there in the first place. Take for example the paradox of the honest and dishonest guard. Why not just walk out the door from which one entered the room in the first place?”

“You need not answer all the questions! You can just laugh and laugh again.” concluded Mehmet.

“You speak my mind Mehmet. Alas, sometimes thinking that one is hopeless and with no chance of success secures such a result. Giving up is a surefire way to fail. It’s hard to think it is easy and easy to think it is hard. Negative Thoughts- they do what we don’t ask for!”

“Well said Hazeel, I would like to add that it takes courage to admit for all to hear ‘I knew it! I don’t know!’, Pyrrho he was a skeptical man and he based his school of thought around the idea that we should not let our cognitive biases or allegiance to a cause dictate how we perceive the truth… perhaps he had the right of it…”

“Speaking of Paradoxes, what of koans? At times we pretend to think on one, but actually think everything else! It taught me that asking too many questions can be an exercise in futility and it’s best to just ask good ones.”

 

 

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Fickle Flash Fiction

 

Fans of the superhero Flash I regret to inform you that flash fiction does not necessarily deal with your favorite comic book hero 😦

 

AN: this writing… clearly is not flash fiction, I apologize if the title appears to be misleading… the choice of words was deliberate in that today I was thinking about how little time we allocate to understanding others relative to the time we make snap judgments about their character… if we’re going to interpret/characterize someone’s life story… might as well do it right…please note that it is not my intention to suggest in any capacity that flash fiction is bad…it’s not my call to make after all…

 

“Say has Ahmed called in sick? It’s not like him to be tardy”

“Don’t expect to hear from him anytime soon, he’s standing in line collecting the wages of sin as we speak, and it’s a lamentably long line for a sum that’s as paltry as the poultry we eat once a fortnight.”

“What on Earth are you insinuating? Pray tell!”

“I see. You’ve not heard then. He got the axe for duplicating receipts and charging customers more than the service fee so he could pocket the extra. “

“That doesn’t sound like the Ahmed we know. Polite, patient, pensive, he’s not a man to make rash decisions that jeopardizes a job he’s held for so long.”

“Can you blame him really? He’s worked for the organization longer than all of us put together, and yet what did he have to show for his input, the sweat above his brow perhaps. Years of backbreaking work translated into cries of woe at the sight of the proverbial stork…”

“Surely that doesn’t excuse him from the moral imperative of ethical conduct at work. Yes, the utility bills add up, and our line of work leaves little time for much else, still it’s honest work and what more does a man need?”

“The ability to pay his child’s tuition, methinks. It’s every parent’s dream to see their child pursuing the dreams that they themselves were unable to fulfill.”

“Nonsense, what with all these state funded schools, there’s no necessity for a lot of money.”

“Sure, provided that you win the lottery of birth. The kids who don’t have to juggle part time jobs with their studies have a comparative advantage and it shows in the CGPA.”

“Well when you put it that way although I will stick to my viewpoint that his actions were immoral to say the least, I do concede that his intention was not inherently wrong in that he was doing it for someone else’s sake. I only wish that he had more faith in his progeny.”

“Yes, it’s best to not let emotions cloud our better judgement, but to be completely devoid of any and all emotion is the height of folly. Just look at Spock or Gregor Samsa, work can be dehumanizing… however, that’s only the case if one lets it be… and with that I take my leave.”

“Until next time. Oh, and would that be leave with or without pay?”

 “How very droll, well you know what I mean, no need to read too deeply into it.”