I Forgot – August 7, 2022

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But I’m allowed. Has to do with the number of birthdays celebrated.

A short story not published here was posted August 5 to The Chamber Magazine.

It is dark fiction. Out of norm for me. I know this appeals to many folks.

If you want to see what the Chamber Magazine is all about, the talent there, check the August 5 issue out.

To go right at my entry look here for “Miscue.” If you enjoy dark fiction.

Published by spwilcen

Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

13 thoughts on “I Forgot – August 7, 2022

  1. A very good ending, and a good lesson. People should not take the law into their own hands. Civilians are not trained to act so they should mind their own business and when they see a crime in progress they should do their civic duty and call the police! Good message and good work!

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    1. Thank you. It was certainly a departure from any of my usual works. But I know the criminal, lunatic, and feeble minds, especially the tunnel vision that results. I don’t know as it was “a good ending,” but it was despite being fiction, true to reality. “Law into their own hands”? I’m going to disagree here. I will put you in a situation (please ignore the fact that you were “trained” (twice) in application of force.) You are walking the streets of Valencia. You hear violence and then see two men beating on another man. No uniforms. You idly watch? I think not. Do NOT tell me, this is NOT a case of “Law into your own hands.” We have a moral responsibility to our fellow man, to protect them from those who have crossed the line, be it petty thief, spouse-beater, criminalk politician, or murdering evil national despot.

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      1. As you said, I have been trained and I have reacted and acted in situations like the one you have just described and I was able to stop an aggression or further aggression, but I was trained, I have been in those situations before. I would not recommend my friends, untrained, do the same. Yes, we’ve a moral responsibility, no doubt, but we also must have first a responsibility to ourselves and our safety. Jumping in to separate a fight can cause you your life. I think it is better to call the cops or create a distraction to see if they stop. One thing I totally disagree with is the new concept of videotaping with your mobile phone and then trying to make the video go viral for your benefit. There was a case in Italy last week of a Nigerian man being beaten to death by an Italian. Somebody videotaped the whole damned thing and did nothing. The poor man died.

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      2. You argue both sides. You despair the videotaper NOT intervening, yet insist a “civilian” NOT intervene. Waiting for the police sometimes, and in cases of violent crimes is NOT an option. We will die differently, you and I, if fate determines to test our convictions.

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      3. I despair the videotaper if he doesn’t call the cops and just stands there with his mobile in hand videotaping everything with the hopes of getting a viral video out of it. I do think people should do what they can to help, in many situations, even in fires in structures or cars, but they should do so prudently and if they can, not just rush out there like a mad-man and end up getting killed and becoming a victim themselves. It is something that has to be decided upon at the moment. There are many heroes out there that have saved lives, but there are also many that have died trying to save someone, including from drowning. Myself, I am a terrible swimmer, so if I have to rescue someone from the water I am going to have to have some asístanse, if not, I am sure I too will end up in the bottom of the river. A wise and prudent man…like they taught us at the academy…must act likewise, with precision and not with emotions.

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      4. It is a social contract one [gender non-specific] man with another. You are not foreign to the idea, having in the past sworn to put it on the line, if need be. Yes, indeed, temperance, wisdom, and good old common sense are necessary. At times, too, a bit of sacrifice. Thanks for commenting. Thinking. Keeping us ALL honest.

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      5. Thank you Espie. Providing ground for a good and respectful discussion is a rare gem in this day and age and I certainly appreciate it. All the best and looking forward to the next one. Cheers.


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