Writing Challenges

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,  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.


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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