Our Standards and Values

“When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else, you surrender your own integrity [and] become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.” — Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor doesn’t suggest we not listen to others, but correctly reminds us that our standards and values are our own. Whether it is family, friends, leaders, or teachers people are always telling us how to think or believe. People we know well and people we don’t know from Adam are trying to influence how we should think. Social media, newspapers, and television beat us over the head with how we should think and believe.

So I write in this election season  to remind that you may listen and hear lots of views, but your standards, beliefs, and values belong to you, and you alone. Don’t hesitate to trust your own instincts and conscience.

Own who you are, and who you want to be. The voices you hear each minute are only voices, some more educated than others, but they are not yours.

In establishing your values and standards surrender is not an option.

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.


  1. Webb. your thoughts are deep & insightful, & i think you are quite fairminded. I appreciate your sharing very much & wonder if you have considered putting the Hubbell Pew together in a book. Deenie (Paul) Becton

    1. Thank you Deenie. I have thought about it, but I suspect I am not the right person to do so. It would take an objective person to pick out the best of over 2000 meditations. Maybe someday someone will offer. Hope you and Paul are well and staying safe. W.

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