Sunday, August 8, 2010

Microfiction Monday

Ahhh...Microfiction Monday.  I missed last week. Things were just a little too busy around here. I could have posted, but not visited, so I abstained from either.

But this week I'm back again to participate in Susan's challenge.  Use the illustration she provides and tell a story in 140 characters or fewer. The count includes all spaces and punctuation, so be succinct!

Here's the illustration:



And here's my story:


Where you can launch a cultural revolution with violence and people will apologize for making you feel so bad that you had to do so.

Note: I usually go funny, but this whole Mosque at Ground Zero discussion has removed what little sense of humor I had about New York City.

23 comments:

Suz said...

I'm with you sister
very well said

Susan at Stony River said...

I love it when folks tie a picture to current news (especially when it never occurred to me -- which it usually doesn't! LOL)

Well that's one thing I like about living in small-town Appalachia -- our newspaper headlines are about the Blackberry Festival and the middle school's football team making state finals. Bliss!

I know I should keep up with current events and politics but to be honest most of it just upsets me, and I have plenty of that in my life already! I used to be such an activist, and maybe I'll be one again someday, but for now...
:-P

Thom said...

So true my friend. So true. You hit this one out of the ballpark :) Very well done :)

Sylvia Morice said...

I guess because I'm in Canada I'm not aware of current problems at ground zero, so can't really comment on your post properly. But I did read it!!! Thanks for sharing.

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G-Man said...

How do you REALLY feel about it?

anthonynorth said...

I think you echo the sentiments of many here.

John's comments said...

Lots of strong feelings around this I can see from the news. All I'll say is that "After victory, you have more enemies."~Cicero

Tiptoeing away... Gone for SF adventure today. My 140 is here

EG Wow said...

I'm in Canada so I wasn't even thinking of the current situation. :)

SouthLakesMom said...

It's interesting to me that the Canadians (and Susan) are out of the loop on this. It makes me wonder whether we in the US ARE making too big a deal out of this.

On the other hand, it WAS NY and DC, not Toronto and Montreal, so perhaps our perspective is understandable. And then, Anthony said some in the UK understand it as well.

But, I'm glad I'm getting to rethink it...thank you to all!

Akelamalu said...

Not sure what's been happening there but you obviously feel very strongly about it so you're right to make your feelings known.

Nessa said...

I had to look into this story because i couldn't believe they were allowing any form of religious building on the site.

And at the risk of causing problems: Does everyone know it is going to be in an existing building two blocks away and not actually at ground zero and that it will be multicultural, multi-religious and multipurpose? because I didn't know that.

SouthLakesMom said...

Akelamalu and Nessa -- it is the discussion that I find so tiresome.

And yes, I am offended by those Americans who somehow feel that the murders that were committed on 9-11 were somehow our fault for not being kind and sensitive to all.

There's a similar center in our area and on Friday afternoon it becomes NOT a multi-cultural, NOT a multi-religious, and NOT a multi-purpose building, but a MOSQUE. And a MOSQUE, by definition, is there for one reason only -- for adherents of that religion to practice Islam...which is fine, but let's be honest as to what it is and not try to repackage it to make it something else.

Pat said...

I'm with you 100%! I hope the mosque will not be built that close to ground zero. It would seem to be a victory monument to the destruction there caused by Islamic extremists.

I know there are moderate muslims, but those who caused the destruction were not moderates.

Jingle said...

smart one,
loved it.

Mama Badger said...

I'm sorry, but we're not making too much of a deal of it. You build monuments when you conquer, not when you're trying to reach across a cultural abyss.

jabblog said...

I've not heard of this debate but think perhaps it's a way to achieve reconciliation. The majority of Muslims who live their lives according to the Prophet are appalled at what the fanatics have done. All fanatics, no matter what their beliefs, are dangerous. There are many paths to God if you are a believer.
It's probably too soon but pity the Muslims married to Christians, the Jews married to Palestinians - not so long since black and white marriages were illegal!
Sorry if I'm out of step - I usually am . . . :-/

quilly said...

If your enemy slaps you, turn the other cheek. It is harder to apologize and forgive than it is to hate. Even though America was wronged, I prefer to see its citizens error toward kindness and forgiveness.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Nicely said, sometimes we need to reflect on what is happening. I think I know what you are feeling.

SouthLakesMom said...

Adding the insult of insensitivity to the injury of mass murder is asking more than many of us are willing to give.

If this was going to be a truly non-denominational place of worship/spiritual healing, it would be a completely different argument.

septembermom said...

So true and sad. Glad to meet you through Microfiction Monday.

hope said...

You got an "Amen!" out of me.

Scott said...

short, and to the point, well done :-)

Jim said...

Hey Mom ~~ you reminded me that my cartoonist friend, Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) died a couple of weeks ago. He was was an American underground comic book writer.
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