Madness in March

This year the words March Madness are not contained to the world of basketball. You name the subject, the weather, religion, politics, air travel, train travel, any and every thing, its all mad. Someone please tell me, where did all the “mad” come from? Why have people gotten so mad they feel the need to blow things up, or murder others? I don’t get it. Why did people forget to teach peace, civility, and respect? We’ve had thousands of years to learn their importance.

The right-wing conservatives make a mockery of Christianity with their hate of the left and anything associated with the left. The picture I get of Christ from reading the Bible, not from being whipped up by some evangelist holy-roller, is of a peaceful, respectful man who valued ALL people, even the lowly. Where did that get lost? I mean really, where did it get lost? The Koran doesn’t teach “hate America!” I studied the eight major religions. They all have the same core. They are all based on the Golden Rule. Someone tell me where that went!

Maybe we need to go back to a society where things aren’t so easy, where physical labor uses up our excess energy. My dad did not like sports; he thought they were frivolous. In today’s world, however, if our kids didn’t have sports to use up some of their energy, I’m afraid of how bad it would get.

Mother Nature dishes out a lot of madness, and as sad as the after effects of tornadoes, tsunamis, and fires are, they don’t make me sick to my stomach like the atrocities man inflicts on man. When death and destruction are done in the name of religion, it makes no sense at all, literally none, and yet look around. The most horrendous acts today are done in the name of religion. I wish, oh how I wish, March Madness was all about basketball.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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