Everyone would, probably, agree that Hypocrisy in any form is no good.
However, because the moral failings of various leaders (political or religious) allow the average person to justify his / her own moral inequalities, the perceived view of Hypocrisy tends to be rather positive. This is particularly true for those who call themselves modern / advanced. They seem to love it when authority figures get caught with their pants down. They tend to think that their own Hypocrisy is genuine.
Hypocrite is generally loved by people and has a large social circle, thanks to his / her double-faceted character. A Hypocrite is a friend / well wisher / sympathiser by word of mouth while actually he / she is not.
A principled person may take some time to make up his / her mind before giving out a promise because he / she has determination to fulfil the promise.
However, in time of need a spontaneous promise counts a lot. This is what is readily provided by a Hypocrite because he / she has no intention of fulfilling it. That is enough to trap the needy. Isn’t it?
Blaming others is only a false refuge. One has to look in to own person for the cause and try to remove that. A renowned philosopher and poet Dr Muhammad Iqbal (who was awarded Ph. D. by a high class university in Germany before World War-II) wrote:
عمل سے زندگی بنتی ہے جنت بھی جہنم بھی
یہ خاکی اپنی فطرت میں نہ نُوری ہے نہ ناری ہے
Meaning something like:
It is action (behaviour) of a person that makes life heaven or hell
Human body in itself is neither heavenly nor Hell-worthy
Mr Anonymous: What you have expressed is a reaction to what has been going on in spite of your wishing otherwise. Be sure that Hypocrisy and deceit are not in the DNA. The creator kept good attributes in the DNA but, Satan being around, beings evil in fragrant and colourful wrapper to the human who, being attracted by lust, instills the evil into his heart. The fairness, love, respect, sincerity present in the DNA gets bogged down temporarily but does not die. Whenever these human value get encouragement they play their part to guide the human being.
Anonymous: Your views smell of purity which is very rare in the so
called developed / civilized society of today. Your story has made
me recall all what has been haunting me for the past year and a
half, and forced me to start my blog. Study of past history reveals
that there was much less Hypocrisy some centuries back. Singing the
song of humanity, we headed to the path of development and, in
stead, developed beastly qualities of human being. In one way you are luckier than me that you have friends who share
your views / feelings. You are right in saying:
We can only survive together if we cling together as
“One big human family” and respect one another.
When somebody makes a claim “I have fear of Lord in my heart or I love humanity. You can trust me and you will find me your supporter in business and problems”. Because the claim is made in public, people believe it to be true while generally people making big claims do not actually mean it.
One of the main reasons people have double standards is that they desire to have the best of both worlds. They go to church / Mosque and as soon as they come out, they go back to living their “regular” lives ignoring what they learnt or for what they prayed in the Church / Mosque. They, perhaps, think that God only knows what they tell him. “Do the right thing” in no way means to do which best suits our lustful desires.
Victims of Hypocrisy, normally, try to use some form of rationalization to justify their actions. Study of nature of present-day people’s moral blunders proves that hardly any body is immune from stumbling from a lofty perch.
A lack of respect for the seducing nature of sin has led many to live Hypocritical lives.
In our heart of hearts, we know fully well that something is morally wrong with our actions, but we do it anyway because it feels good or is convenient.