Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Lost Civilisation

Copyright -B. W. Beacham
The lost civilisation of Atlantis is idealised as an advanced, utopian society holding wisdom that could bring world peace.

Many regard Plato’s dialogue about Atlantis as the most credible account of the ancient lost civilisation. 

Plato tells a tale about a moral, spiritual people who lived for generations with a divine nature within them. But they became full of avarice and unrighteous power.  Zeus perceiving the plight of a once honourable race gathered the Gods to inflict punishment on them,


However, archaeological evidence now suggests that it was a lack of shopping cart etiquette that caused the civilisation to fail.


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Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100


What lies beneath?  A prompt can take you so so many different places.  I see still waters over a raging current unseen.  Tales of torment and mystery.  But I leave those stories in the able hands of the FF community.  That dumped shopping cart also reminds me of the end of civilisation debates that the abandoned carts seem to generate. 

32 comments :

  1. Hahahahaha! Oh yes. Where was Moses when the lights went out? He was in the flippin' DARK! A laugh-out-loud story, Subroto. Marvelous!

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    1. At least Moses got a movie deal ;-)
      Thanks for reading Kent, glad you liked it.

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  2. You really had me going there. I won't lie, I was sitting there like - okay find something positive to say, find something positive to say. Hated reading Plato in school. Please make this stop. Then - hilarious. =D

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    1. Thanks Anne I am glad you made it till the end in spite of Plato
      And still better liked it :-)

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  3. Funny, because I really get it. I only take the shopping carts back when the weather is nice and otherwise just heave then wherever. I've often thought this represented the decline of morals in the 21st century. I guess it was so in the first as well.

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    1. Thanks Perry. Shopping carts have been around since Safestone opened in Bedrock. Though I think Erma Bombeck got it right when she said "when humor goes, there goes civilization"

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  4. I so agree with you. Loved the way you built up for the end.

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    1. Thanks Zainab, it is the end of civilisation as we know it. After all Utopia is a place where all shopping carts are returned.

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  5. Ahaha! That was a great ending...loved it!

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    1. Thank you reading and commenting Rachel. I am glad you liked it.

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  6. Dear Subroto,

    I didn't realize the shopping cart went that far back in history. I do, however, work in a grocery and for our clerks, returning the carts to their storage area is almost a full time job.

    Clever story

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle they've been around since Fred Flintstones walked into a Bed Rock’s Safestone supermarket to pick up a loaf of bread and a rack of Brontosaurus ribs on the way home from the quarry :-)

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  7. Yet another sign of the coming Apocalypse! Made me chortle at the end--thanks :)

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    1. Thanks Sorchia I am glad it made you laugh. Though due to the shopping cart abuse it looks like that the end is nigh.

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  8. Ha ha ha. Brilliant, Subroto! The serious voice right from the beginning narrating such lofty subjects didn't prepare me at all for the reason for the Fall. I was taken completely by surprise and I'm still laughing. I love that you kept the serious voice til the end. It made it even funnier.

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    1. Thanks Karen, for the ancient Greeks, laughter was serious stuff. Some, like Plato, thought it could incite violence and disrupt the social order. I hope he would approve of this moral fable. ;-)

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  9. I had a good chuckle over this one...the lack of a trolley...hahahaaa

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    1. Thank you I am glad you liked it.

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  10. You really got me with that last line. Didn't see it coming at all.

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    1. Thanks R.E. I guess the same thing happened in Atlantis as well :-)

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  11. Very funny - it reads just like a text book until that last bit.

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    1. Thanks Lizy that's because it's from the text book about the history of Atlantis :-)

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  12. Subroto, That was hilarious. I was one of those who didn't expect that last line. I guess most historians haven't been doing a thorough enough job digging into ancient Atlantis' history. I'd like to see the look on anthropologist's faces if and when they find ancient shopping carts in the pyramids. : )

    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan I am glad you liked it. I think they have already discovered that the Pharaohs shopped at the Ramses Hilton.

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  13. Love it. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Great ending. Possibly true?

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    1. Thanks Patrick. Of course it's true, they even made a movie about it.

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  14. Oh, my, this is funny. From the highly intellectual down to a good old hardy-har-har. Thanks for a morning laugh

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to read & comment Alicia. Always glad to provide the morning entertainment.

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  15. There's nothing more dangerous than little old ladies with shopping carts. So I completely get this premise. Hilarious, Subroto.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet glad you liked it. Apparently the road to Hell is also littered with abandoned shopping carts.

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  16. I'm pretty sure that lack of shopping cart etiquette is enough for divine intervention... ha!!

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    1. Indeed it is, by Zeus no less. Thanks for reading Björn.

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