Mean Spirit

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.

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 agree with most of your thoughts regarding marijuna, but I cannot praise Eric Holder because his refusals to prosecute entire bodies of law are overtly unlawful and in my view unconstitutional. He has done this repeatedly.
    In any event, I am on my way to the Amazon River for the rest of February.
    Your friend,
    David Hargis

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