War Memorial

December 25, 2019 at 10:44 am 24 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 25 December 2019

Sandra Crook
Photo Credit: Sandra Crook

Outside the Garden of Eden, a mound of rocks stood. It was a fitting burial and memorial for Abel, who was the first human to die in the hands of his brother.

“Where is your brother?” God asked Cain after he had murdered Abel.

“I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain answered, whereupon he was duly condemned and punished for a life of wandering.

It would be the portent of things to come. All throughout history, succeeding generations have been at war and built shrines and structures to remember the horror that they have wrought on each other.

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  • 1. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 25, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Well said.
    May we one day evolve beyond this insanity.

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm


      we need would-be philosopher kings. unfortunately, those who qualify are reluctant to lead leaving the sociopath and the psychopath to take over the reigns of government.

      • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 26, 2019 at 2:32 pm

        What you describe as the reality is the reality that needs evolving from … For the story of humanity is mostly of people whose greed for power overshadowed any of the people’s needs, no matter how they framed it to gain favor by the people or people’s need for faith. Once in a while, a leader rose who was worth the trust of the public, and those made progress, step by step, to better humanity. At present, we are in dire need of some of those, for the current ‘leaderships’ are morally broke.

        • 4. plaridel  |  December 26, 2019 at 3:22 pm


          the current rise of populism has resulted in the elevation of leaders like trump who is a pathological liar, womanizer, and morally inept. he’s one who puts himself above country and the common good. it’s interesting, though, that republicans and evangelicals, who should know better, tend to overlook his character flaws and support him all the way.

          • 5. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

            People have supported tyrants and people of poor moral value and high lure of power before. It is part of what makes cults alluring to some, though most of us know that they aren’t there for the benefits of the members but for the idolizing of the ones who seek absolute power. We’d seen it in religion, too, where some men were given ultimate power, and where crimes were ignored if done by those one wants to see as ‘above the law’. We should all of us know better — we are none of us better than others, no one is inherently better, no matter where or who they were born to. We’re all of us worthy of life and freedom, and no one should be above the law. And yet, time and again there are those among the people who already have freedom who feel threatened by others getting same. We can do so much better than this.

            • 6. plaridel  |  December 27, 2019 at 9:56 am


              we’re part of the blame. these folks are what they are because we enable them. the words from martin niemöller (1892-1984) come to mind:

              “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist Then they came fof the Trade Unionists, and I did not out speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me— And there was no one left to speak for me.”

              • 7. Na'ama Yehuda  |  December 27, 2019 at 10:05 am

                We are all of us part of the problem if we are not part of the solution. I’ve no argument there. I do think that there are many who ARE speaking up, who are using their voice, who are offering sanctuary to the persecuted, who speak for those without a voice, who resist, who insist, who are sounding every alarm possible and are doing all they can. So while I agree that the problem is bigger than one person (duh!), I also don’t agree that using a ‘we’ as if all are enabling is accurate, either. Whilst it is true that I don’t like the “us vs. them”, I also think we have to be careful in how we use “we.” I much rather speak for myself and let others speak for themselves. FWIW.

                • 8. plaridel  |  December 28, 2019 at 9:10 am


                  excellent point. i couldn’t agree more. by the way, in addition to the ‘we’, the ‘they’ has also been used indiscriminately if not thoughtlessly to make a point.

  • 9. msjadeli  |  December 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I wish it weren’t true 😦

    • 10. plaridel  |  December 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm


      me too. 😦

  • 11. rochellewisoff  |  December 26, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Well-written and well said. Exclamation point!



    • 12. plaridel  |  December 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm


      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

  • 13. Alicia Jamtaas  |  December 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Well done taking us back to the first brother-kills-brother event. And isn’t that what we do over and over? For we are all connected, brothers and sisters all over the world.

    • 14. plaridel  |  December 27, 2019 at 9:56 am


      i totally agree.

  • 15. Dale  |  December 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    So, we can see this has been going on for millennia… We can only wonder if we will ever learn…
    Well done.

    • 16. plaridel  |  December 27, 2019 at 9:55 am


      from the looks of it, it’s still further down the road.

  • 17. draliman  |  December 27, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Maybe one day we won’t need to build these any longer.

    • 18. plaridel  |  December 27, 2019 at 9:54 am


      that would be the day when peace reigns all over the world.

  • 19. pennygadd51  |  December 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

    You had an excellent idea, referring back to the murder of Abel by Cain. It made your story powerful.

    • 20. plaridel  |  December 28, 2019 at 9:09 am


      that’s the first thing that came to mind when i looked at the picture prompt.

  • 21. granonine  |  December 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    And that first murder was more than greed. It was anger, bitterness, jealousy, hatred, and disobedience to God.

    All the finer qualities of human nature.

    • 22. plaridel  |  December 28, 2019 at 9:08 am


      sadly, i have to agree with you.

  • 23. Sandra  |  December 28, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Well said. Well remembered.

    • 24. plaridel  |  December 28, 2019 at 9:08 am


      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.


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