The Enemies of Progress

It was a war of ideologies, the future vs. the past.

We wanted to take the world forward, worshiped only progress. Those antediluvian SOBs wanted us to remain mired in the glories of the past.

The worst part was, they actually believed that their supposedly all-powerful ‘Mother’ would be able to stand up to our technological might.

They kept on believing it as we ravaged their fields, drudged their oceans, and leveled their forests.

They kept on believing it till we finally destroyed their ‘Mother Nature’ once and for all, and put her where she rightly belonged…in a museum.

Photo prompt courtesy Sandra Crook


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. To read many more interesting stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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38 Responses to The Enemies of Progress

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    Yes, battle of the ideologies continues today. Mother seem to be winning some battle.

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    That was kinda depressing! I do hope Mother keeps fighting back.

  3. neilmacdon says:

    And charged the people a dollar and half to see them

  4. Sandra says:

    Mother will have her revenge before too long, I suspect.

  5. draliman says:

    You’ve written a story about the human race 😦 But once we’ve gone too far Mother will take it all back.

  6. Jelli says:

    A very strong perspective here. And yet, we learn nothing and continue to destroy the world that has been entrusted to us to preserve. Maybe Mother nature has had it and has decided to take back what is rightfully hers (ie: all the recent natural disasters).

  7. Dear Anurag,

    No winners in this war. Well done.



  8. That last line made me realize how much we as a society are the technology obsessed, mother nature hating people in the story. Why even have a rainforest when we can put the animals and trees up on display? Nice take on the prompt man!

  9. pennygadd51 says:

    Altogether too true, alas. I hope we pull back from the brink, but I fear we won’t.

  10. Dale says:

    I don’t know if Mother will have the strength to prevail, though I certainly hope so!

  11. Frightening stuff and not too distant form the truth

  12. Bleak, but very well stated.

  13. plaridel says:

    mother nature can only take so much abuse. woe unto us when the time comes she heals herself and take us to the cleaners.

  14. jillyfunnell says:

    I learned yesterday something about how the terrrain changed due to an obsession with sheep-farming. Sometimes Mother Nature just has to give up and say ok, do it your way – and take the consequences.

  15. granonine says:

    If only we could find a balance–progress giving a nod of respect to the past, using what was good, changing what wasn’t.

  16. This sounds like the strong rebuke to Ayn Rand… there is a balance of doing both I think…

  17. It is not nice to mess with mother nature. She will have her day.

  18. It’s a matter of time the way we treat nature, with the levels of air and water pollution especially in my part of the world (Asia). A complex problem we are all a part of and the stakes are high. Well-written!

  19. Piyali says:

    Mother will strike back soon, methinks

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