Letters to Tom — Viewpoint

Dear Tom:

I owe you a long letter, but for today a short one must do. As I watched our leaders embarrass us all and themselves over the past month, I was reminded of your Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan’s words. He was talking about viewpoint when he said in a democracy a person thinks “I am equal to any person in the World; there is no person lower than I.” But if a person says, There is no person higher than I” that is not democracy. It means closing one’s eyes to what is higher, greater, and better. I worry our leaders have lost sight of the concept of aspiration. Whether it is in the areas of health, education, employment, environment, or general welfare we need to have aspirations, goals, and values that reach upward, not trying to find bottom.

But I apologize for even commenting on politics. Christ lived, taught, and helped the poor, the sinners, and the lowly. He taught us that “there is no person lower than us.” He taught us to look up and aspire to God’s kingdom, and he chastised those who looked down on their fellow man. May our eyes always be to the skies as we aspire to create God’s kingdom on earth.

Your friend, Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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