Is it really not my concern?

November 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the saying, “not my monkeys, not my circus”. What is the situation that would spawn that aphorism? Have fun with setting and characters! Go where the prompt leads!


It is a natural reaction to things that don’t directly concern us to say, “Not my monkeys not my circus”!

But they do concern us because we all are connected. Gun violence in one country can affect others around the world because we get the news instantly through electronic media. And the counter-reaction is swift, and disproportionate

I wouldn’t disown anything as not my concern, I’d try to improve things on my end and if we all did that, maybe things would improve.

This is very much our circus, and we’re the monkeys dancing and wreaking havoc in it.


Word count; 99

Written for 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills of the carrot ranch



50 thoughts on “Is it really not my concern?

  1. I agree to some extent on such things as you mention we have to be concerned, however, personally, I take that phrase to mean more private and personal matters and that is where I draw a line. There are choices we all make for ourselves that have to be for ourselves and not other people. Things like religious beliefs, sexuality, gender identity, and family life. I support anyone and everyone’s right to make those choices that are right for them, and it matters not if I agree with those choices. I hope they would do the same for me.

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    1. Yes, that distinction is important. The personal and private matters are the concern of every individual. No one else should have a say in them. But matters concerning society should be our concern as one thing leads to another.

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  2. Situations that would prompt that aphorism? Workplaces. That is the only place I’ve heard it, and each time I’ve heard it I lost respect for the one saying it.

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  3. that was beautiful, Sadje. it reminded me of this guru/ healer guy who said, “if the problem presented itself to you, then you are part of the problem.” you are given the opportunity to take responsibility one way or another.

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  4. In South Africa there are many circuses and millions of “monkeys” (please note no racial reference is intended here) that we have to choose a circus to be concerned about. We all have at least three if not more circuses that we support. It is getting harder. But I am glad you wrote this. We often say that when there is no way we can help. We should perhaps just say, “I can only pray for you/them.”


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