I could be wrong, but...
are many forms of hypocrisy and we all know one when we see it. Some
of us waste no time pointing it out, others of us just make a silent
mental note. There are many different opinions about what constitutes
hypocrisy. A quick look at the nearest dictionary reveals a phonetic
spelling, a very short history placing the origins of the word in
a place called Greece, and a definition saying, a pretending
to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not; esp., a pretense
of virtue, piety, etc.
is usually criticized and condemned. There is a paradox in this situation,
though. Is it not somewhat hypocritical for any of us to consider
ourselves pure enough to judge someone else to be a hypocrite? Arent
we all hypocrites to one degree or another? Many will say, Speak
for yourself Mister World Conscience, which is hard to argue
with, but the question is still there.
of us is perfect enough to make any judgment about anyone else, other
than in relation to our own situation or beliefs? Can we really, rightfully
say anything more than, My opinion is ...? Isnt
an accusation of hypocrisy often used as a diversionary tactic to
shift attention away from our own shortcomings? There it is again,
Speak for yourself, Mister Honesty Embodied!
is a part of being human. It is the result of the conflict between
our ideals and our desires, between what is and what we think should
be. It is the conflict between what we think we have to do to survive
and what we say we think is right.
people who speak the loudest about the hypocrisy of others are often
the illustration of the old saying, what you hate the most in
others is what you fear the most in yourself. As is often the
case with loud complainers, the motivation is often a combination
of camouflaging their own shortcomings and reassuring themselves that
they are not as bad as they are afraid that they are. The tragedy
of concentrating on the transgressions of others is that the time
spent on criticism could have been used on self improvement.
is it that people choose criticism and condemnation over problem solving
and improvement? Some people would say, in the spirit of criticism,
that it is easier to spectate and commentate than to take action,
which looks true, but is really just another cop out. The real reason
is that most people do not have enough faith in themselves to make
the effort to try self improvement. Even the people that are shamelessly,
intentionally, cynically hypocritical are caught in this perception.
people that do make an honest effort at self improvement often end
up more tolerant and patient with others because self improvement
illuminates both possibilities and limitations. The people that keep
themselves busy working at getting better witness first hand the conflict
between what they are trying to do and whatever limitations they encounter.
They get to see the difference between the ideals that they are aiming
for and the parts of their theories that their theories ignored. Recognizing
these differences and conflicts are steps in turning the ideal into
with hypocrisy is never ending. As human beings, there will always
be a conflict between what actually happens and what we think should
happen. We humans are always getting what we want to happen confused
with what we say should happen. We just have to keep trying, see what
happens, decide if it works well or not and either keep doing it or
try something else.
of us will judge, criticize and comment from our armchairs and computers.
Some of us will try to make things better and suffer these unpracticed
judgments. Some of us will admit our hypocrisy and some of us will
deny it. We are all stuck with our own perceptions of what is and
what should be. The only control that we have over the situation,
as individuals, is wether we choose to be on the playing field or
in the gallery.
By Rocky Thep
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