Marcus' Casts: Peace

by Marcus Rodriguez

Today our nation is teetering on the brink of war. The human race is always fighting for something. The world is a small place and heads have been bumping since the beginning of time and they will continue to bump into our final days.

I have mixed feelings about the war. I change my opinion about the war several times throughout the day. One second I am all for a bombing and the next I feel that we are the enemy. I am not scared, but compared to the last war something does not feel right.

I think that it is funny that some American citizens and other countries are protesting the war. The powers that be have been plotting this for some time and whether we like it or not, we are headed to Iraq. We are all praying for the Americans that are overseas fighting to protect our way of life.

War is a big part of life. We have been fighting from the very beginning. Even as children we play games that prepare us for war. We are playing King of the Mountain with the world. One day we will be pushed off the mountain.

Humans fight all types of battles. We battle traffic, finances, sickness, TECQ, and our conscious. We win some battles. We beat traffic tickets, cancer, and opposing teams. We lose battles as well. We can’t beat gravity, hunger will mess a person up, and death will win every time.

Humans long for battle. Whether it is facing a charge from a Cape Buffalo on the African Continent, climbing Mount Everest, or fighting a tarpon on a crystal clear tropical flat. We want to fight.

I think we at CTFF like to battle as well. We chose fly rods as our weapons and head out to rivers, lakes, and swelling oceans. We battle fish instead of our fellow man (except during the white bass run!). We win some battles and the fish win some battles. We may walk away with our pride bruised, but we walk away.

The coming days will be tense. I am confident that everything will turn out for the best. After all, we are human beings and we have been fighting for a long time.

Note: This article originally appeared in our March 2003 newsletter

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