As he thinketh in his heart, so is he. – Proverbs 23:7
Whether you believe Governor Christie was involved in bringing traffic to a standstill in a political opponent’s district or not, I hope you believe that whoever made the decision exhibited a bit of mean spiritedness. I for one, believe that words and actions driven by meanness, pay-back, getting even, or revenge have no place in good government, no matter whose political ox is being gored. Yet, we have a TV show called and glorifying “Revenge.” Having a “mean streak’ is viewed as a favorable trait in most sports venues these days, and pay back and getting even are as much used as the words forgiveness, mercy, and humility, if not more.
Racial epitaphs and other derogatory words about American Indians and people of different sexes, races, and sexual orientation have found disfavor in our language, thank goodness. It is a first step in removing derogatory thoughts from our hearts. The same should go for words that produce the emotions of hatred, revenge, etc. It takes some work, but we can all improve ourselves and help our children by building our houses with only pleasant thoughts and kind words. This year may we all concentrate on building a house for our soul whose composition includes only bright fantasies, noble histories, and restful thoughts. Houses which care cannot disturb, pain cannot make gloomy, nor poverty take away.
A mean spirit has no place in politics, it also should find no place to rest in your house, either.