FOWC with Fandango — Authority

FOWCWelcome to August 13, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “authority.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

34 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Authority

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    • Fandango August 13, 2019 / 9:17 am

      I’m not Catholic, so I don’t follow what is going on in the church. That said, I sound your post interesting. Thanks for participating.

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  2. Marleen August 13, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    Green-tiled box of a room. Cut to knock-off Russian version of Mickey Mouse outside. Return to…

    the scene inside. Agent Smith [I actually don’t know what his name was] enters:
    [……..] You’re just a dying man who forgot himself.

    Legasov:
    I know what I am, and I know what I’ve done.
    In a just world, I’d be shot for my lies, but not for this… or for the truth.

    Smith:
    (Scoffing) Scientists and your idiot obsession with reason(s). No one’s getting shot, Legasov. The whole world saw you in Vienna. [….] Your testimony, today, will not be accepted by the state. It will not be disseminated in the press. It never happened. No. You will live, but not as a scientist; not anymore. You’ll keep your title and you’re office, but no duties, no authority[… ….] Other men, lesser men, will receive credit for the things you have done. Your legacy is now their legacy. You’ll live long enough to see that.

    What role did Shcherbina play in this?

    Legasov:
    None. [… ]

    Smith:
    What role did Khomyuk play?

    Legasov:
    None. [… ]

    Smith:
    After all you’ve said and done today, it would be curious if you chose this moment to lie.

    Legasov:
    I would think a man of your experience would know a lie when he hears one.

    Then, there is a Neo soliloquy by Legasov at the end.
    It made me cry.

    I dub this the Matrix Scene of

    Chernobyl (HBO)

    I finished episode 5 today.

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    • Marleen August 14, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      I forgot to insert indication [such as three periods (…), an ellipsis] that I’d left out some of the interaction in the green-tiled room. After Legasov said, “I would think a man of your experience would know a lie when he hears one,” the Agent Smith character tells Legasov (who I’m seeing as a Neo character) that he is not to have any further interaction or contact with Khomyuk or Shcherbina. And he is not to communicate with anyone at all about Chernobyl ever again. Legasov queries, “What if I refuse [to comply]?” Smith (a Soviet official in the story) replies, “Why worry about something that isn’t going to happen?” Legasov repeats, in dry form, what the agent said and adds, “Oh, that’s perfect; they should put that on our money.”

      After some atmospherics, following exit from the room and building…

      The soliloquy begins, To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it. But it is always there, whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not. The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants, it doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It’ll lie in wait …..

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