March Madness is at its most insane…coming from a Kentuckian

So we all know about the state of Kentucky sending off two teams to the final four in this year’s March Madness NCAA. I’m from Louisville, therefore I’m a UofL fan. But, I am currently in the heart of the UK kingdom of fans. I’m paranoid about wearing anything red or with a cardinal on it, and I don’t tell anyone I don’t know well that I am a UofL fan.

On Facebook, I have noticed a lot of UK fans posting nasty comments and rude pictures that are aimed at UofL, and I have also seen it the other way around.

I am proud to be a Kentuckian. Two of our teams are in the final four of the NCAA tournament, and I’m happy that they have done so well. Yes, I’m a UofL fan. No, I do not hate UK. What I hate is to see people from the same state be so rude to each other. UofL and UK fans treat each other like Unions and Confederates. This whole week up to the game was like a civil war to Kentucky. Why? Cause fans are crazy. I understand that you want your team to win but seriously? Do you need to completely disrespect another team, especially one from your own state?

This is just one example of needless disrespect not just in the sate of Kentucky, but around the world. People are being treated much worse for things that don’t really matter. In many cases, the blatant disrespect can escalate into violence and physical harm and suffering.

I have never understood how one human being can cause so much pain and suffering to another. Why would they do such a thing to someone? In the wild, the only times animals of the same species attack each other is to protect themselves and their families. But with humans, it seems like violence erupts out of nowhere.

I may be considered a “hippie” in the way I think about the world, but honestly the hippies really knew what was going on. They may be famous for extensive drug use and protesting too much, but their basic ideals were groundbreaking. And the main idea behind all their others is peace and love. Peace with nature, peace not war, love your neighbor, love mother earth and peace between peoples of all nations.

I know UK and UofL fans aren’t trying to kill each other (at least I hope) but the unnecessary rivalry between two great universities  from the same state is just a small example of people within the same community not being able to get over their differences and hope for one of the teams winning it all.

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Tunesday Song of the Week!

It’s Tunesday Tuesday! This week’s featured song is “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Uplifting and inspiration like all of his music, Michael Franti’s signature song is perfect for the first day of spring! Michael Franti’s music is a combination of hip-hop, reggae, funk, folk and jazz. He supports many different peace a social justice issues.

His official website quotes him saying “Music is sunshine. Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. Music is something you can’t hold in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights.”

The song “Say Hey” is one of my personal favorites. It is the first song by Michael Franti and Spearhead that I heard and I have been crazy for their music since! So watch the video and be inspired by the music of Michael Franti and Spearhead. 😀