Flash Fiction #280

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


Once, I was concerned about what other people thought, and thought of me – principals, parents, politicians, priests and preachers.  When I grew older and wiser – and entered elementary school – I realized that, no matter how smart they are, everyone has one blind spot, where their grip on reality is tenuous at best.  The further from reality, the more desperate and strident they are.

Because I would not blindly accept her religious claims, a Christian therapist suddenly accused me of watching porn and masturbating.  Her problem is not my problem.  I did not descend to insults.  I merely rose above hers.


If you’d like to join the Friday Fictioneers fun, go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site, and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #280

  1. Newbloggycat says:

    Hahaha…merely rose above hers 👍🤪😂😂😂


  2. James McEwan says:

    My sister-in-law is always worried about what other people think about her and her family. She suffers from showing off. Big car etc.
    she doesn’t realise that other people are not thinking about her in anyway at all, Poor thing.


  3. Bill says:

    I wish I did not have to consider anyone’s religion or beliefs except my own. But I do and I must. Often, it effects my decisions. Unfortunately, whether I like it not, that reality is as good as it gets.


  4. Rivergirl says:

    It always amazes me how quickly conversations about religion…. which preaches peace, love and charity… can devolve into nastiness.


  5. Great use of the prompt but a sad tale indeed. Christian or non, the world would be a much better place if we all were a little kinder.


  6. jim- says:

    You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.
    David Foster Wallace
    I’m almost thinking that to truly be accepting of others cannot be found among true believers. The two are at odds with each other.


  7. Margaret says:

    Being able to respect someone else’s beliefs and opinions when we don’t share them is really difficult. It’s always good to rise above our impulse to retaliate when we feel insulted or disrespected. Sounds like your MC succeeded in this case.


  8. msjadeli says:

    When the life of a God is chronicled and used to exploit/control others as religion, the God must weep. Wolf in sheep’s clothing comes to mind. Next time read the fine print on the shingle 😉


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