Declaring War In Their Mind

How is it they live for eons in such harmony–the billions of stars–when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their mind against someone they know? — St. Thomas Aquinas.

I find that one of my struggles is to not become cynical or hardened. When we were young we took words and actions at face value, it is only after time we begin to doubt people’s motives and intentions. We learn that people lie and don’t always love their neighbors. As St. Thomas says we barely go a minute without declaring war.

St Thomas in his poem, We are fields before each other, asks: “How can we live in harmony?” Later he suggests, “First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.”

He may be right, he certainly studied the scriptures more than I, but as for me and my struggles against age driven cynicism and hardening of my heart I identify more with Jesus’s words, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children.” (Matthew 18:3).

To become like little children, now that’s something I can get my head around.


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.

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