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Hedoantipolism: The belief that pleasure can be found in avoiding conflict (from ancient Greek Polemos and Hedone)

By Mohammed DarasiPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Stijn Swinnen on Unsplash

“here’s another one, doc,” said James, as he wheeled a young man into the emergency room.

“I just can’t believe this is a thing now,” sighed Derek, as he checked the man’s pupillary response “Young life just wasted…”. Derek then signalled the nurses to transfer the patient.

“Yeah, well… you gotta admire their resolve at least, right?” said James half-jokingly as he began wheeling his gurney back out of the hospital. “Good luck, doc”

“Susan, please move him with the others. I have patients to deal with right now”


Susan took the man to the fourth floor. She pushed through the last door in the hallway. “Hey, Michael. Got another one for ya”

“Yeah, whatever. Just put him with the others and hook him up”

“What’s the count now?”

“This one makes 76. They gotta do something, we’re quickly reaching capacity. All the hospitals are”

“Hey, I’m just the porter here” Susan then continued through the side door.

Michael was fiddling with his radio.

“isten…thers and sisters! The government acts like war is normal! Like life can’t happen without violence! They programmed everyone to believe humanity was always at war! That resources are scarce, and we can only get them by killing! WE NEED TO SHOW THEM THAT WE-”

Michael switches off the radio “Yeah run and hide while my brother fights your war for you,” he says bitterly, as he slowly looks at the side door that Susan went through “fucking hedoantipoles”

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Mohammed Darasi

I write fiction, poetry and occasional articles about interesting topics. I recently created a website (just because) which I will be posting my writing in (among other things). it would be great if you check it out.

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  • Rick Henry Christopher 2 months ago

    Very good Mohammed. There's aot going on here.

  • I'm sorry I missed this one earlier. Great job with this Challenge, Mohammed.

  • Tressa Rose2 months ago

    Very deep indeed! Good job!

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    You never cease to impress me, Mohammed! Another excellent piece with a message!

  • Phil Flannery4 months ago

    This is great. The idea that war is the only answer has run its course, I feel. As for opting out, absolutely. You said a lot in such a short story.

  • Addison M4 months ago

    Excellent word and compelling short. Very nice.

  • Whoaaa. This has a very deep message! Loved your word and story!

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Nicely done.

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