Narcissism and HOAs

Grace for my Heart

It’s Narcissist Friday!

I recently was approached to support a local (rural)
organization that smelled a whole lot like an HOA. For those who may not know, that means “Home
Owners Association.” The only problem is
that regular homeowners usually hate HOAs.
They are excellent opportunities for local narcissists to grab a little
power.

Of course, the idea of an HOA was reasonable at the
beginning. Communities should be able to
enforce certain behaviors, certain property management decisions for the good
of all. When your neighbors’ pigs make
the community smell and house values go down, someone should be able to do
something (unless, of course the pigs were there before the neighborhood). Nor should a different neighbor be allowed to
build an apartment complex with many small units at low rates in a
single-family neighborhood. We
understand these things.

What we find harder to understand is when the worst

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