Is itpossible to live a life totally without hypocrisy? If we each have elements of hypocrisy in our actions, why is it seen as problematic?




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  1. mamajoy 2 years ago

    No, I don’t think so. We’re all hypocrites at some point in time.

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  2. Gina 2 years ago

    I can’t stand hypocrites, and once in a while; I can’t stand myself.

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  3. griz 2 years ago

    This seems to be an undeniable part of our “default nature”. We use different sets of rules or judgements on others than on ourselves. We rail at someone aggravating or complicating our life in some way . . . without realizing we have done the same and are probably going out and doing the same to others in the near future!

    It’s problematic, because it raises the spectre of us really just being angry at ourselves and the way we are. This ingrained element of hypocrisy . . . tends to have us going around with elevated levels of background anger and frustration at ourselves!

    I have found that an awareness that is not totally selfish and self-centered really helps with this: and also the humility that comes from awareness AND acceptance of my past mistakes. I cannot rail for long at someone being inconsiderate in traffic . . . as I’m reminded of the times that I have been inconsiderate in traffic — whether intentionally or accidentally.

    The journey away from hypocrisy is a journey that is at the same time both self-improving and society-improving.

    Nobody likes a hypocrite. Unless it’s us advancing our own agenda. But then do we truly like ourselves when we’re like that? We would really have to be hypocritical to say we like ourselves when we’re hypocritical [trigger background stress, raise it by several factors!]

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      Jear77 2 years ago

      But if we all are hypocrites, wouldn’t it be a far better solution to accept it as a part of our own nature than to fight against the contradictions?

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      • griz 2 years ago

        To be blunt, that is the reasoning of a dumb animal. Feelings and instincts are not questioned but simply submitted to. However one wants to word it, we Humans take great pleasure in being of a “higher order”.

        We cannot deny that using others for personal gain/glory, stealing, killing etc. are a part of our own nature as well. The instincts (feelings) for them rise even in the most “civilized” of us from time to time.

        And perhaps one of Humanity’s noblest achievements, is to decide not to go there. Spirit masters flesh.

        An observation: you rail because that damn religion told you that you HAD to control these things purely as a function of willpower; for the sake of “proving yourself good” or “of sufficient faith”.
        They totally overlooked God’s plan for rising gently above these things, not as a function of “fighting against internal contradiction”.

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        Jear77 2 years ago

        We humans like to PRETEND we are nothing but animals… yet when you get down to it, all of our base instincts are still there, if you strip away the thin veneer of civilization. We scrape and claw and bite and steal and will do whatever it takes to survive individually. As a species, we will do whatever we must to survive. No matter what the worst crimes will still be the worst crimes. Yet your wording of a higher order… that’s wrong! Both scripturally AND biologically. Biblically speaking Christians are of another kingdom. I never took biology in high school so I had to do a quick lookup. Interestingly enough biologically it’s the same starting at kingdom and going down.
        – Kingdom
        – Phylum
        – Class
        – Order
        – Family
        – Genus
        – Species
        (I hope that the spacing remains, as it looks better as a list that goes down the page)

        But there’s one thing you are not getting: it’s the contradictions that make people interesting, makes us unique, makes us 3 dimensional. I remember one reading once that a mass murderer liked his ice cream. Now mind you, I don’t agree with this guy killing multiple people, but that one detail separated him from everyone else who just so happened to be a mass murderer.

        THEN Take what a typical churchgoing person of god should be — at least according to our culture. The best of a boy scout, a nun, a priest and a an army officer. Their hobbies would be walking old ladies across the street, volunteering at and attending church or the homeless shelter (either by serving up the food or cooking for it), gardening / giving away garden produce, and/ or sewing blankets for third world countries. This is not life; it’s a walking death! Can you see how flat, 2 dimensional such a person would be? It’s BORING! And what’s more if they do something that’s unexpected like getting a drink at a bar (even if they stop at only one!), hanging out in a “sinful” area of town (even though they have great food, and fun parties), or are heavily involved in science fiction and fantasy, it’s scandalous!

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      • griz 2 years ago

        You are very close to a great truth here — about society-approved religion and religious church-going!

        You mentioned a lot of very good things to be doing. But religion tries to use them as the starting point to validate or prove righteousness-of-self or to earn Eternity or to leverage God under our control.

        And this is what turns so many religious Christians into self-serving ghouls. They put on acts and self-righteous airs of caring for others to the point they start fooling even themselves. But they are just “using” others to service their ambitions of eternity and reward. (Ie. Just to get the feelings our instincts crave)

        Losing your religion is a difficult process. So many settle for just replacing it with another with the appearance of having no god [ greater than them]

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        Jear77 2 years ago

        Actually I know I am flawed.VERY flawed. I make mistakes daily. But I don’t care. Why? If a person doesn’t like me they don’t have to deal with me.

        Even for the things I’m incredibly skilled at, there are others who are better than I, so to me it’s less than nothing to be flawed, as I am at the point I no longer wish to try to be better. I have no energy to be better. I am what I am. I’ve been told how much of a mess up I am for the last almost 3 years because the guy I was working for put SO much on me. Administrative/ Clerical. Marketing. Bookkeeping. Clients. Customers. Subcontractors. If each of these things had 100 things to do, you can see why i was so overwhelmed.

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      • griz 2 years ago

        I do relate. And God willing, I’m not going anywhere and will be on group as often as circumstance allows. (But hey; no guarantees).

        You are probably no more of a mess up than I was or still can be if I lose my Spiritual focus. And I recognize the process of depression taking hold.

        It might be wise to seek some professional help. Dark and depressive thoughts feed upon themselves. Even more so if one has isolated themselves from wise counsel.

        For what it’s worth, this is not an uncommon process for those trying to escape from the abuses of religions.

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