Mondays Finish the Story – A Most Untimely Debate

Mondays Finish the Story challenge— 150 words around this image–

Copyright 2015 Barbara W. Beacham
Copyright 2015 Barbara W. Beacham

and this initial sentence–

“When the team heard the dam explode, they knew they had limited time to make it to safety.”

A residual echo, perhaps, of my long-ago days in graduate school…..

Copyright 2015 Douglas Daniel
When the team heard the dam explode, they knew they had limited time to make it to safety.

“We have only limited time to make it to safety,” Professor Rajid said.

“Define safety,” Professor Hackmenhoff demanded.

“You cannot create a meaningful definition of a noun without a full explication of the context in which the noun occurs,” declared Professor Springblossom.

“Are we referring to a priori or contextual definitions of safety?” Professor Kunming asked.

“The category of ‘safety’ is obviously contextual, you Kantian simpleton,” Professor Hackmenhoff retorted.

“Don’t call me a simpleton, you positivist jackanapes,” Professor Kunming snarled.

“Really, I must insist on a full explication of context,” Professor Springblossom said.

“Be quiet, you Deconstructionist bimbo,” Professor Rajid snapped.

“HEY!” Mack the tour guide said. “I can give you a definition of safety! Getting this beer cooler to the river bank and up the hill!”

With the problem so framed, they all agreed on a tentative working solution to the question, and pulled hard for shore.

32 thoughts on “Mondays Finish the Story – A Most Untimely Debate”

  1. Well done Doug! The hero Mack comes to the rescue! Can you imagine the conversation once they sit around the beer cooler later on? Thanks for participating again in the MFtS challenge! I hope that you return for the next one… Be well… ^..^

  2. It was so easy to picture in my mind this conversation going on and I also kept thinking, “you are all going to die you bimbos!” Thanks to Mack, the beer saved them all 🙂 I enjoyed reading this and thought it was a great take on the prompt.

  3. Great story. You had me laughing throughout. It reminds me of a debate on LinkedIn about whether to hyphenate or not. One person even suggested the person ith the question buy a specific book on commas and hyphenation. No common sense. 🙂

    1. Lol, writing this I was reminded of the medieval “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin”, only with modern labels and with a little more urgency. Thanks for reading.

      1. Total honesty here– I am aware of Munshi Premchand, but I cannot claim to have read Shatranj Ke Khiladi (“The Chess Players”) yet– locating an English translation has turned out to be a major task. Amazon has a Hindi version, but I am woefully illiterate in any language other than English. But it’s nice to meet you, too.

  4. This is a great take on the prompt! I feel very sorry for Mack the tour guide forced to listen to them debate. It’s a good job he has his priorities straight. 🙂

  5. I could clearly imagine those academics arguing while facing death.
    Very entertaining and witty. The insults reminded me of the language used from William Shakespeare’s work.

  6. A great read – a little different and very amusing. These two professors could go on forever – probably until they’d used up every insult they could think of. My sympathy’s with Mack and his concern for the beer cooler! 🙂

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