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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
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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.

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