Passion takes many forms in our everyday life. Passion is often a double-edged sword. For the last four days, an example of our passion has been all over our TV screens and iPhones in the form of the NCAA Tournament. It has replaced the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and the resulting nuclear disaster in minds.
In this case, it feels like passion is working against us. We were inundated for a week with pictures of waves, destruction, and human suffering. A lot of us went numb watching the 24 hour coverage on CNN, reading about it on the front page of every paper or magazine, or checking out videos on YouTube. Yet many of us escaped by the click of our remote, hoping the problems in Japan will just go away. Unfortunately, the effects of the nuclear problems will be with us for 1000 years. There are probably over 10,000 dead. The number may go higher.
We escape the catastrophe by skipping out of work last Thursday to plunge into our brackets, beer, wings, and endless basketball. When we emerge tomorrow morning for a few days before the next round, the problems plaguing the Japanese people will still be there. The images and stories will be relegated off the front page. The needs of those effected will be there for years to come.
I am a believer in the basic philosophy that you can tell someone’s character by what they do when no one is looking. Over the last four days, no one has been looking. What have you done? Have you made a donation to the Red Cross? Have you said a prayer to your God asking that he help the Japanese people? What can we tell about your character?
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