Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hypocrisy: Human Nature, or Inherited Disorder?


Does it ever frustrate you, when you catch yourself doing things you know not to, or tell others not to? How did hypocrisy get started? Who was history's first hypocrite? Is this condition an inevitable part of the human experience? Or: is it learned...and if so, how can we be freed from it? It seems to me that many conflicts we encounter daily wouldn't take place if we didn't play the part of hypocrite so frequently. Take crime, for example.

When most of us hear a news headline about someone being kidnapped, stabbed, shot, or worse...we have a brief reaction to it, then quickly forget about it, as our attention swims towards the next image on the screen. Doesn't our reaction change tremendously, when the victim in question is us, or someone we're close to? Then it's the end of the world!...seemingly. What about everyone else? How close to home does a tragedy have to hit to make us realize when something – in this case, society – is badly busted, and in need of a serious re-evaluation & repairs?

We also play hypocrite in our intimate relationships, when we “cheat”. What leads a presumably clear-thinking person to act in such a way, when they know the pain and strain it will place on their mate, their family, and their relationships? This in turn strains the community at large. If everyone was taking care of everyone in the home, people wouldn't be walking & driving around outside the home as if they had none, or nothing to value. Doesn't it ever bother you how deeply miserable and anxious most of us are on any given day? Whose fault is this, if not our own?

I'm no expert on it, but it seems to me the problem of hypocrisy is solved rather simply. By being honest with ourselves – and each other – there will be little to no room left for the doubts and deceits that lead to hypocritical thinking to manifest. So my question to you is, not if we can stop being hypocrites, but: can we start living truthfully, and remain truthful?

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