Are you a hypocrite?

The definition of  a hypocrite is:

a person who
1: feigns to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
2: acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Samuel Jackson gave a really thoughtful take on it saying:

Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practice; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory, as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage, or a journey, without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others, those attempts which he neglects himself.

So what if we do not live the way which we always tell others to live. E.g. encouragement to take risks, be bold and courageous, to not smoke, drink and yet we do all these things. I would not call this hypocrasy especially when the person as Samuel says has not yet conquered their fears, vices etc yet are adamant that the former things are the best way to be even though they unfortunately cannot meet them themselves.

As dor the former definition…

Matthew 15:7

7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.’

Yahouwshua saw what they were doing as having no substance. They claimed Yahovah was first in their lives they claimed to devote their lives to him, and follow all the ‘rules’, yet they also committed all the sins in the book with no shame. Then they had the audacity to call Yahouwshua blasphemous. They believed they were righteous, that they were following the commandments to the letter, that they were virtuous when in reality they were so far from Yahovah that he had to beget a son to tell them and the world the truth.

Carl Jung, a renowned psychologist said:

Every individual needs revolution, inner division, overthrow of the existing order, and renewal, but not by forcing them upon his neighbors under the hypocritical cloak of Christian love or the sense of social responsibility or any of the other beautiful euphemisms for unconscious urges to personal power (Jung, 1966:5).

It is under all circumstances an advantage to be in full possession of one’s personality, otherwise the repressed elements will only crop up as a hindrance elsewhere, not just at some unimportant point, but at the very spot where we are most sensitive. If people can be educated to see the shadow-side of their nature clearly, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more self-knowledge can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures (Jung, 1966:par. 28).


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