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Friday, January 2, 2009

The Definition of a Hypocrite

4:52 PM |

I try to pretend that I'm different but in the end we're all the same...

HYPOCRITE- (as defined by Webster)
Main Entry:
1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
hypocrite adjective

By definition we are all hypocrites. I know it hurts, but it's true. At some point in our lives we have either done or said something that completely contradicts our beliefs or what we practice. At some point we have all given advice. We have told stories, given lessons to children about right and wrong, and given ourselves a set of guidelines of how we would want to live. We say what we would do if.. what we're going to do when... and the ever popular "I'd never do that". How many of us really do everything we say?

Truthfully, no one ever truly knows how they will react to a situation until they are in that situation. It's not to say the advice or suggestions we give to our friends or ourselves on a daily basis are unreliable. It's just a long way to say don't judge. Until you are in that same position you should never truly comment on anything others have done. And if you are giving advice and speaking based on your own experiences, be honest and not judgemental and understand everyone's situation is different.

In general people don't set out to be hypocrites. (Not all people anyway). Life takes you to places you never thought you'd be. And when you get there sometimes you do what you should do, other times you do what you did. Don't be so quick to judge. And make sure you any advice you are giving comes from a very honest place. Remember if you hold a mirror up to everyone else, be ready to face your own reflection when it's turned back at you.