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Friday, November 9

Hypocrisy

A long while back, I posted a link about hyprocrisy. It echoed some of my beliefs about hypocrisy but went into a deeper analysis than I had considered.

I've felt both frustrated and protective about hypocrits (including myself).

On the one hand, it's tempting to feel angry at a person who expresses certain beliefs in a "judgemental" fashion and yet fails to act in accordance with their own stated beliefs.

On the other hand, I think one should strive to have some sympathy for a hypocrit.

Sometimes acting a particular belief is just plain difficult and yet it's worth hanging onto the belief and to continue to seek a way to act on the belief without compromising other values.

Sometimes, a hypocrit is most angry with him or herself and finds reminders of their moral "failings" to be painful and therefore lashes out at anyone ELSE who acts in a similar way.

Sometimes a hypocrit isn't so much angry as hoping to help others avoid making the same mistakes.

Sometimes a hypocrit is unaware of the inconsistency between their beliefs and their own actions.

Sometimes a hypocrit will do anything to AVOID such awareness. This tends to be because of fear - of their own judgement, of others' judgements, etc. In fact, I think this is the person who likely most needs sympathy and understanding - as their own tendencies towards harsh judgement (including self-judgement) has likely deprived them from feeling accepted by themselves and others.

Thinking about it now, I can't recall a situation where there was an "honest" hypocrit. If a person is honest about their inconsistencies, then they're not referred to as a hypocrit. They might be praised for their humility or pitied or avoided but never called a hypocrit.

I think the article is slightly missng what people are referring to when they call someone a hypocrit. It's not about whether their actions match their beliefs but about whether a person is honest (with others as well as him/herself) about his/her actions and also whether the person includes or implies moral judgements of people.

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