House In Order

If the root be in confusion, nothing will be well governed — Confucius.

I read recently that that interpersonal kindness is the foundation of social justice and that democracy begins in the heart. I’m not sure the author of these beliefs has been watching CNN lately. Or maybe he/she is right and the lack of heart and compassion is the root cause of our political problems.

Confucius believed that for governments to work individuals had to get their house in order first. If he was correct we as a society have a lot of work to do. It seems that even in my lifetime we have become more dependent on others and less self-reliant. I put myself at the top of that list as guilty as charged.

As Lent approaches I have given a lot of thought about self-improvement and ordering my house. At the top of the list is compassion and my own heart. How do I repair my own roots. I welcome your thoughts before Ash Wednesday.

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.

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