The Great Chain of Being

Our lives are touched by those who lived centuries ago, and we hope that our lives will mean something to people who won’t be alive until centuries from now. It’s a great “chain of being,” someone once told me, and I think our job is to do the best we can to hold up our small segment of the chain. That’s … one kind of politics — doing your utmost to keep that chain connected, unbroken. — Dorothy Day. 

I have been touched with the images coming from Houston and southwest Texas, not as much by the devastation and water, but by the thousands of people who are risking their lives to save others. There seems to be a never-ending  chain of beings dropping everything and coming to the aid of those regardless of race, creed, immigration status, or financial circumstances.

Heroes are ordinary people doing extraordinary acts of courage and mercy. There is an unending chain of them in Texas these days.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.


  1. Texas is special. I especially loved the piece I saw on The Weather Channel this morning about “The Waco Navy”.

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