Flash Fiction: “Philosophic Intercourse”


“But to give of yourself in any way: monetarily, emotionally, or spiritually only provides an opportunity for the giver to be hurt. It all depends on the intent and moral character of the receiver. It’s roulette.” The student worried it’s bottom lip with anxious teeth, the youthful face contorted with confusion.

“Child, it also offers opportunity for both the receiver and the giver to benefit. Every gift has great potential, and one ought not deny potential for the triviality of fear.” Teacher gave a patient smile before continuing, “personify the change you wish to introduce into the world.”

Student reflected for a few moments. “Selflessness, to teach a selfish world to give? Love, to teach a hateful world to care? And smile, to teach the sad world of joy?”


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