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Anna Sep 9 '18

Some anecdote.

A couple of days ago during my night shift I was having a chit chat with my two colleagues. We were also indulging in some gossip about other colleagues. It was nothing malicious but, well, it was nothing nice either. Suddenly, one of us (her name Agnes) said something like that:

"You know, girls, what kind of people I hate? Those who gossip about others behind their backs."

And no, she didn't mean Us. She meant Them, those other people, the general Other.

And the funniest thing of all is that she said it with a straight face.

I don't get it. I understand we have all our umm... let's call it weaknesses. We also like fooling ourselves from time to time. But how can you achieve such a high professional level of double-think? Like doing something and simultaneously criticizing others for doing exactly the same thing?

As a young Catholic I was often pissed by the priesthood and also ordinary people not following the teachings of Jesus. I mean this very fact of declaring or preaching something and then invalidating it by doing something totally contrary to it. Like preaching chastity and fucking whores in the brothel. Or preaching mercy and then exhibiting the lack of mercy.

For some time I used to think it was a scheme to trick the true believers. That was until I personally knew the bitches who believed their own bullshit.

Now I tend to think hypocrisy is part of the human nature and doesn't depend on the chosen spiritual or philosophical path. That we are all to some extent hypocritical. Perhaps, it stems from the fact that we prefer our idealized selves to our real ones.

What are your thoughts?

ccline Sep 9 '18
I would have to agree with you fully. great passage
Dark Enlightenment
Dark Enlightenment Sep 9 '18
With megalomania it is never hypocrisy and always justified.  Just embrace the Manson within and your character is in a class with Stalin and Hitler...  Then people become things to use and what is said is irrelevant to making everything work for you.  

And when it doesn't go your way you can kick in your parents door, deck your dad, and break your mom's ribs. 

The Forum post is edited by Dark Enlightenment Sep 9 '18
Anna Sep 10 '18
DE, I thought you would say "knock at your parents' door and ask them for money." Using the lie as a tool doesn't surprise me in the least. But I'm talking about the people who actually believe in the crap they are selling to others. Those types never cease to puzzle me.

CC, thanks.
The Forum post is edited by Anna Sep 10 '18
AK Sep 10 '18
There's tons of things that I do on the regular that I absolutely cannot stand when other people do. This does not make me a hypocrite because, afterall, I'm not judging the behavior on any sort of moral grounds - just stating that it annoys me when it is being done by someone who isn't me.
The Forum post is edited by AK Sep 10 '18
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