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"The Madness of King George" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

“The Madness of King George” is a pretty good movie that came out in 1994. I have seen it a couple of times and have enjoyed it. It is based on a true story.

King George III was the king of England. He succeeded his father, George II, in 1760, and was the king for the next 60 years during a critical period in England’s history.

While he was king, England became the dominant empire in the world. But it was also during this time that England lost the American colonies. It was a colossal defeat for the king. His nation was also involved in a costly war with France.

History also shows that there was a dark side to King George’s life. In addition to his political struggles, some historians have suggested that he suffered from Variegate Porphyria. According to notes made by his doctors, he had symptoms similar to those seen in an acute attack of porphyria: abdominal pain, rashes, constipation, confusion and severe weakness in his limbs. Many historians believe this disorder led to the king’s mental illness, hence the movie was entitled, “The Madness of King George.”

In 1842, Longfellow wrote his poem, “The Rainy Day,” including this well-known verse, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” It doesn’t matter if we are a king or a pauper, powerful or struggling, all of us have problems.

I guess that is one of the reasons that we should show kindness to others. You never know, the next time the one with the problem could easily be us.

The Apostle Paul said, “Be kind and tenderhearted to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32)

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