I read recently that is that the “tragedy of our culture is that we misunderstand harmony to mean order.”

In giving it some thought I realized that – ordering everything — comes from thinking only with my mind. Order is all it can perceive. The more I order things around and get them “right,” the safer I feel for the moment, but in reality I’m only adding tension to my existence. Order quickly becomes chaos. Being in harmony is the opposite of control. Harmony involves understanding that every part, every person, answers to every other part and every other person. The reality of the universe is that every particle in the universe is drawn to every other particle. Our culture must learn to embody a mindset where every human considers every other human as part of him or herself.

The mind rebels against harmony because lack of control is scary stuff. We are essentially anxious individuals, so we seek comfort and freedom by disconnecting from as much as possible — anything we can’t control we want to escape from. This is the opposite of where we should head. Instead of controlling and separating we should surrender. Where there is no harmony, there will be stress and strife and tension. In surrender we find harmony; we join to the moment and to history and to life.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. 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. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Webb,

    I loved this posting… a couple of my daily Sufi prayers call on God as the “perfection of love, harmony and beauty….” and I think your characterization of harmony is excellent! Thank you, my friend.


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