Last night, I vented frustration about not having any inspiration to write (for both my blog and my urban fantasy novel) on twitter. @EW_Neilan saw my tweet and responded with a prompt. It’s one I think I’ve seen before, but had never tried. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my rough draft, and if you feel like writing your own, please comment so I can read it. 🙂
A Short Debate
“Stop giving me that stare as if you can’t hear me!” Elisa shouted.
Jarvin continued to stare vacantly at her. He understood what she was saying, but he didn’t have a clue as to what he could say to appease her.
Elisa started tapping her foot impatiently. “How can you agree with Robin Hood’s motto of steal from the rich and give to the poor, but still believe that some people should be entitled to things?”
Jarvin slowly began to formulate his answer, but felt like he was stepping into a trap. “I, uh–Well, some people are rich or powerful because they earned it through hard work.”
“Yeah, so? That doesn’t mean that they have the right to everything around them.”
“Well, I know. I didn’t say that.”
“It sure sounded like that’s what you were implying.”
“No…” he sighed and ran his hand through his hair. “I just mean that if someone earns something, fair and square, then they should be allowed to keep whatever they have earned.”
“But who is to decide what is fair or not? Exactly. Just because someone earns something, as you say, doesn’t mean that person would appreciate it. People take so much for granted–even the simplest things which those less fortunate would cherish. Shouldn’t the things of the world be given to those who would appreciate them?
“Well, yes, but that wouldn’t give us the right to take something that someone actually earned. I think the excess should be given to the less fortunate, but there are some things in this world that people actually have to earn. Those are things that I think they’re entitled to…that no one should have the right to steal or redistribute.”
Elisa rolled her eyes. “How do we decide if they’ve actually ‘earned’ such items though–especially if they ‘earn’ something they won’t even use or appreciate? It should go to the person that would use it.”
Jarvin gave a slight nod of understand, “Perhaps, but–”
“HA!” She squealed. “No buts! You agreed!” She started doing her version of a victory dance around the room.
Jarvin shook his head and sighed. He knew that arguing with her in this state was futile. Next time, though, he would be ready. He felt confident this was an argument he could win: if you earn something, you appreciate it…right?