Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #212

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the WordPress Free Photo Library provided by Pexels.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a female student sitting at her desk in the back of a classroom with a pensive expression on her face.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

24 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #212

  1. Mister Bump UK March 27, 2023 / 5:24 am

    Ha I used this very same pic in a post about suicide, musta been 3 years ago.

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  2. Marleen March 27, 2023 / 10:02 am

    She contemplated whether the ancient philosophers and modern undertakings of them applied, or should apply, to her own life.

    The Big Problem With Stoicism

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    • Marleen March 27, 2023 / 10:22 am

      France Burns… What the f**k is going on?!

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    • Marleen March 29, 2023 / 12:52 am


      I’m sharing this even though I’m going to tell you to ignore the advertisement for gold (and silver — ignore it — especially the idea of buying metal in the form of a stock or crypto kind of thing) and passing along this video presentation even though the language from Spiked in the UK [Kent] is a churning challenge. Beginning from 13:12, I see that neo-liberalism is amping up on more (rather than less) implementation of the negatives per Martin Luther King Jr.s critique that people weren’t more interested in justice than in order. After that, there is almost a jumble of words like regulation, state, strong justice system, and markets/market. But the string lands on “enforce the needs of the market and fashion a labour force at the mercy of employers.” Plus “anti-union laws” with “more flexible work contracts” had been acknowledged as bad. So, I get the point (or the point agrees with me). {I additionally disagree with the passing mention of kids at regular schools who do their work turning out to be dickheads as a rule. But it does happen. Yet, I do concur with the complaint against canned “merit” as rich subservience.}

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    • Marleen March 30, 2023 / 10:32 am

      Galatians re-imagined interprets the letter as an exhortation to stand with the powerless, yet not vanquished, rather than with the imperial worldview of the imperial conqueror, who is not lord supreme. The core of the Galatian controversy is that circumcision was less a body-marker of Jew or gentile, and more a signifier of political compliance or non-compliance with Roman civic obligations as proselytes sought Jewish identity to escape the demands of the imperial cult. The circumcision solution, according to Paul, who claims to be the voice of “proper” Judaism and law observance, is less an expression of faithful, theologically motivated Jewish Torah-obedience than of political realism. Hence, Paul presents foolish Galatians with another option, inclusion without circumcision, which fits into his fundamentally Jewish apocalyptic framework expecting an end-time pilgrimage of the nations to Jerusalem (Isa 2:2-3; Zeh 3:9).

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