This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’. Which can be found by following the link below..
Prompt ~ IGNORING THE IGNORANCE
IGNORING THE IGNORANCE
by John Yeo
The man walked into a village in India. The people were hungry and destitute, living from day-to-day, hand-to-mouth. The villagers attempted to grow a few vegetables to put food in the mouths of their children. The monsoon was late this year, everyone was desperate for a drink and the crops were drying.
He was so shocked at the contrast between his comfortable lifestyle and this blatant poverty he couldn’t sleep at night. His thoughts swirled around the sheer magnitude of the unfairness of life.
Finally he resorted to asking for the opinions of a philosopher on the moral aspects of these shocking circumstances.
This was the reply…..
‘They know nothing of your lifestyle, they grew up to endure their circumstances. They’re absolutely in total ignorance of anything different. For your own and their sanity you must allow them to live.’
‘You mean, I should ignore their ignorance of a better life and do nothing?’
The man became a famous writer, drawing attention to this sad unfairness and many other anomalies in life.