Unproductive Progression

The future had come. Endless chambers of cold lights and pre-fabricated possessions created a norm no one felt part of.
One small council of a great metallic city met.
“Daily accidents again,” reported a hard eyed man, “sicknesses, absences.”
“Lines can’t continue this way,” said a stiff lady, “we’ll hear from higher up soon.”
“No one’ll be excepted,” said a shaken, elderly male.
A young girl took a breath, “what if we asked people? Found out what they need? What’ll help them be happy?”
The council members fell back in their chairs; it can’t be that easy. . .can it?

This week’s challenge over at the Carrot Ranch was inspired by April’s #1000Speak theme of Nurturing. The prompt called for writers to express what nurturing a neighbourly relationship looked like for their characters and places in 99 words.

I’m not comfortably a social person so the idea of a neighbourly relationship doesn’t come naturally. I’m working on it!

For this prompt, my thoughts flitted around the idea of a neighbour providing help for those who struggle to ask.

My initial idea was about a character who heard the happenings of an abusive relationship in a house nearby. That the abuser would finally leave and the character would assist the victim anonymously, providing food or little gifts for the children of the relationship.

Even though someone may feel too proud, or feel like the situation is their fault and that they don’t deserve to ask for help, I wanted to portray that help is a good thing to receive. That a neighbourhood is obliged to provide assistance to others, no matter the situation or who may be at fault.

That as a race, we need to support each other unconditionally, especially if we ever wish to progress.

Once I thought about human progression, I thought about the future, and instead wanted to try my hand at something Sci-fi, since I love the genre. And I came up with the piece above.

It is an issue that we experience even now in most workplaces; those with the control are so focussed on progression that they forget about the heart of the workers. They forget about the workers being equals and as human as they; with fragile hearts and a soul only nourished by positivity and connections.

In this piece, I hoped to portray the ever-existing need of our race. The need of every individual to be appreciated, and that it is the responsibility of all, as a worldwide neighbourhood of humans alike, to respect and fight for everyone. To nurture each other however we can.

Love cures all and creates a fire in the heart that will outlast any adversity. It will make us great.

9 thoughts on “Unproductive Progression

  1. I like the sci-fi take. Progress and reports, higher up and alignments — yet no one includes the people involved. It’s easy to imagine as the future given humanity’s inclination to forget its own heart. Thinking of you and wishing you well!

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes! Not long now and Bub is making sure that I know haha.
      As for the flash, I’m glad it did have a sci-fi feel of some kind. The future won’t be any more pleasant than the present if those in control don’t change their focus. Though it’s also the responsibility of us parents to raise our littlies with the right mentality towards life and also the rest of the community need to understand that positivity is only dependent on your mindset, not on what everyone else does to/for you. It’ll be a long time before it’s a worldwide norm, but we are getting there!
      One step…one child…one flash at a time :)

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    1. It would be wonderful. But we must make do with those we see personally. Still a lot of negativity but we can have a great influence just by setting our own example and hope that others follow suit :) thank you for reading and your constant support xo


  2. Love this flash, really made me smile! I didn’t pick up the sci-fi element initially, however, perhaps because it seemed so contemporary – all those board meetings with people pontificating but failing to consult the “ordinary people” who might just have the answers they need.

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