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Philosophical Smackdown

Welcome to Day 24 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 philosophers agree is the reason why the chicken crossed the road. Today’s prompt is Confucius,Β  and you can thank the very wise Linda for this one. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before following the way of the chicken.

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Philosophical Smackdown

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I must admit, I had a bit of difficulty with today’s prompt. So I turned to one of the wisest people I know for some inspiration – my dad. My very Greek dad, might I add.

N – Dad, I have to write this thing on my blog and I’m stuck.

D – On your what?

N – Blog, Dad. It’s on the Internet.

D – Is this for work?

N – No, Dad. I do this for fun. And we’re doing this thing, this challenge, where a bunch of us write something every day based on a list of words.

D – This is fun?

N – Most of the time. Anyway, the word I’m stuck on is Confucius.

D – Confused?

N – No. Confucius. You know, the Chinese philosopher and teacher.

D – You know who you should write about? Socrates.

N – But the prompt is Confucius, Dad.

D – Yes, but Socrates is much better. Just change the list. You should write about Socrates. What did Confucius ever do, anyway?

N – I told you, he was a philosopher and teacher. Confucius was the one who said “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”

D – So what? Socrates said “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

N – Ok, but Confucius said other stuff too. Like “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

D – Bah. Try, “The really important thing is not to live, but to live well.”

N – What about “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”

D – “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

N – “The cautious seldom err.”

D – “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

N – Oh, I really like that one!

D – I told you so. Socrates is much better. Change your list.

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  • MikeWJ

    I’d like to watch Confucius and Socrates go at one another in a death cage match. Sort of a Tarantino Kung Fu-Spartan match up with philosophy. I guess if your dad’s involved, Socrates wins. He did have bronze, I think. Huge advantage in hand-to-hand combat. But Confucius had gunpowder. Huge advantage at a distance. Could be a match for the ages.

  • After reading this, I may not stop grinning all day long. As much as I dislike blogs that have background music, I wouldn’t have minded listening to ‘Dueling Banjos’ while reading this one. I want your dad.

  • KZ

    Who needs Confucius when there’s NIcky’s dad? He’s full of good ideas. It’s just too bad most of his good ideas came from Socrates.

  • Cadeaux

    Now I get it! Nicky! You’re Greek! I have you know I did watch “My Big Fat
    Greek Wedding” several times. I even have Windex…but I won’t do what my
    friend said to do with it. It has to do with my butt again. Sheesh. How is my
    butt getting into every single conversation I have nowadays?

  • This is why I voted for you πŸ™‚ I really chuckled at this.

  • The cautious never eat anything an upset wife prepares for them.

  • Two men enter… one man leaves!

  • Is it really too late to change it to Socrates? I vote we use the Socratic method to decide.

  • Dang all of these quotes have left my mind all muddled up. Now I have to think about what each one means and that could take awhile and I still have to visit everyone’s blogs and leave comments although some people must stay up all night and post at weird times because I never see their stuff in my feed and what were we talking about?

  • Oh, very good Nicky. That was quite the verbal battle you had. I read a lot of those Confucius quotes.

  • Seems that Socrates kicked Confusius’ ass at least in this match. Very clever use of quotes.

  • Dad is great- he wins change the prompt!

  • Well crap, I feel really stupid now. Someone should’ve told me we were doing Socrates instead. i totally wrote about Confucius.

  • If somebody mentioned Socrates, I would have watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He especially loved San Dimas.

  • Awesome use of quotes, Nicky!

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  • Jepeto read this comment and loved it. He immediately suggested the show “The Deadliest Warrior” πŸ™‚

  • Dueling lyres, perhaps? I’ll let me dad know of your fondness for him. πŸ™‚

  • Oh, Socrates has nothing on my dad, KZ. Trust me πŸ™‚

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding could have been written about me, Mariann. With the exception, oddly enough, of Windex. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

  • You are a sweetheart, Babs! I’m glad you like it.

  • That’s some good advice, Dufus. I would go one further and say that when one’s wife is upset, the cautious take her out for a very expensive meal. πŸ™‚

  • I know, Boom Boom. I should have talked to my dad back in January!

  • Were we talking? πŸ™‚

  • I tried, Linda. But my dad won. Not surprising, he always wins! πŸ™‚

  • My dad would tell you that Socrates kicks most people’s asses, Cheryl! πŸ™‚

  • My dad is pretty funny, Barb. Especially when he’s not trying to be. πŸ™‚

  • You feel stupid? How do you think I feel? I wrote about Confucius too even after my dad told me it was changed to Socrates. πŸ™‚

  • Can I tell you something? Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a guilty pleasure of mine. I love that movie. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you sweet thing!

  • In that case, you realize how much Socrates loved San Dimas. πŸ™‚

  • Respect your father, he’s quite correct. That and the one about it being logically impossible to fall out of a tree. Roth x

  • I’ll let her know. When are you taking her out?

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  • xoxox

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