Wednesday, 4 March 2020

EMPATHY WORKS - 100 word story

When I looked at this week's Friday Fictioneers photo prompt, there seemed to be only one story to tell...


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot



EMPATHY WORKS

My life was compartmentalised into three phases:
Life Before the Virus
Life During the Virus
Life After the Virus.
During phase two, I fled the anarchy and found refuge in a remote village.
The locals showed me how to survive, how to share. Who said Communism was evil?
Food was harvested and left for everyone to help themselves. We looked after each other.
Sometimes it was hard.
In Life After the Virus, I'm still here. The outside world remains a dangerous place. They don't know how to share. They still don't understand that empathy works better than anarchy.


Hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


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59 comments:

  1. So very true - and one of the hardest things for many people to achieve. Well said.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Anthony. Yes, people have to learn not to be selfish. :)

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  2. Dear Susan,

    Let's hope this isn't becoming a reality. The news is more disturbing every day, isn't it? Topical and well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I could only find one outlet that still had hand sanitizer in stock yesterday, Rochelle. Alarming times indeed.

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  3. What an interesting take on the crisis to come. Yes, you're right - we often learn during a crisis that it all works better if we pull together and share. And then, sadly, we forget what we've learned. Again

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    1. Thanks, Neil. Sadly, humans seem to be hard-wired to look after number one!

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  4. It really just requires everyone to remain calm, stop panic buying and go about your normal life. The media is certainly not helping the situation. Let's hope empathy prevails before things get out of control.

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    1. Yes, I agree. The media in particular are very good at manipulation!

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  5. Sadly people often think only of themselves during a crisis and not the community.

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    1. Yes, humans seem to have a 'selfish' gene, Colline.

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  6. Ah, if only, Susan.
    But when people are involved, greed is close behind.
    Remember 1984...

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  7. Hard times behind, hard times ahead...and just like that, life passes us by.

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    1. It's easy to lose focus on the important things, isn't it?

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  8. Great last line! We don’t do empathy and sharing very well. Sobering and timely story.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. Something I've been thinking about quite a lot in the politics of today.

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  9. What virus?
    Denial works.

    Randy

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  10. Empathy is far better than autocracy or greed (by any other name). I agree. Here's to sharing what we have more than we need of, with those who need it. As for Corona - it will come and it will go, and it is up to us to be good people through whatever may. Good one!

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    1. Indeed it is better. Thanks for the feedback.

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  11. You told your story well, Susan.

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    1. That's very kind of you to say so, Jade. Appreciate it. :)

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  12. Great story and wish it were true here because, knowing people, someone would take all the food for themselves to hoard or to sell. The sad thing is that many people reflex action is panic and fear-2 things we should not be doing. The regular flu kills more people each year than this virus. We just need to remain calm and not let the media manipulate us.

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    1. Well said, Birgit, and thanks for commenting. :)

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  13. Joseph McCarthy.

    I always say, in all dystopian stories, I would be the first one to die because I want to work together and help people. Good story. Excellent moral.

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    1. Thanks, Joseph. Working together and looking after each other should be the norm in all walks of life. I find it very disturbing that attacking people seems to be the norm now - especially via social media.

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  14. A simple message but one so many find hard to accept today.
    Ann

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    1. Yes, unfortunately you might be right, Ann.

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  15. And if it is a virus that is necessary to bring the world to empathy, I say, "Bring it on." Very thoughtfully written.

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    1. Thank you, Violet - appreciate your feedback.

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  16. A chilling tale of a situation that hopefully will never occur. The media seems set on causing panic whilst choosing to forget that flu and falling down stairs are still the biggest kllers.

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    1. Yes, the media love to stoke the flames, don't they?

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  17. A thought provoking piece, and a good metaphor for life in general. It's prompted me to think about the truths that lie behind your story.

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    1. Thank you, Penny. Always good to know that someone wants to delve a bit deeper. :)

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  18. There will always be those who run amok once law and order is gone.

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  19. Post-apocalyptic and well written, but scary - I hope we're too sensible for it to come tho that!

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    1. I hope you're right, Liz. But from what I've observed of human behaviour, I'm not so sure!

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  20. crisis can change us only to back to the same old ways when when it's over.

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  21. You're right, the world is a dangerous place, and I'm afraid it's only getting worse!

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    1. There's something wrong with so-called progress, isn't there?

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  22. Your village wasn't experiencing Communism, because it was not forced upon them against their will. No superior power was doling out rations. They were experiencing a shared trauma, the bright side of human nature in a shared will to survive. And you brought it to life.

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  23. Actually 'communism' has more than one meaning. One of the definitions of communism, according to Webster dictionary: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed.

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  24. very topical and thought provoking, Susan, a good subject to chose.

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    1. Thanks, Patience - appreciate the feedback.

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  25. You addressed this topic well. Does fit the prompt.

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    1. Thanks, Ted. Always good to know when a story works. :)

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Always nice to know when someone has enjoyed one of my stories.

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  27. Empathy and sympathy and general altruism always works, it's finding the community with those qualities that's the problem. Well done, Susan

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    1. Yes, wouldn't it be a nicer world if these things were the norm? Thanks for the comment, Michael.

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  28. I hope that there will be sharing... right now it seems more like grabbing.

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    1. It's extraordinary, isn't it? I'm currently staying in a small village and there isn't any hand santizer to be found, which really took me by surprise.

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  29. SHaring IS caring after all. May there be enough toilet paper for everyone!

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    1. Oh, that did make me laugh, Fatima.
      The trouble with all this panic buying is that the people who are NOT panicking are being forced to buy in extra stocks so that they don't run out of essentials. Mad situation!

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  30. An excellent message in this one. Your story shares it well😉
    I think this last week has shown empathy is very needed!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Appreciate your feedback. :)

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  31. Excellent story that sums up the situation doesn’t it?

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