Hypocrites and the culture of hypocrisy

Dec 06,2018 – JORDAN TIMES – Marwan M. Obeidat

Whether plural or individual, hypocrisy — the contraption of a fake facade of righteousness or virtuousness, hiding real personality, including, among other things, concealment, deceit or fraud, a practice of being involved in the same behaviour or activity for which an individual critiques someone else — seems to be on the loose in our society lately!

How does one reconcile oneself to being a hypocrite? How can one individual boisterously say one thing then behave in a completely inconsistent, self-contradictory manner? A sick practice such as this maybe surprisingly easy for a sequential cluster of social, psychological, cultural and moral reasons.

In these times of common socio-psychological strain culture, one popular practice is difficult not to be noticed and, the sad reality is, to avoid hypocrisy! Many people commonly and heatedly criticise others for doing or saying certain things, while paradoxically practicing the same things they disapprove themselves. But this is an entirely wrong and immoral a practice, low and vulgar, as it is, and it reveals that this category of people cannot be trustworthy in any possible way.

Hypocrisy has developed into being a very complicated social and cultural phenomenon. It has manifested itself rudely in several ill-mannered, discourteous, disrespectful and impolite ways, and for several reasons. A lot of things are seen and practiced as hypocrisy, and a lot of times, hypocritical things are socially and culturally accepted because they are, sadly, consistent with the norm and the milieu. For example, if someone urges others around them to be honest but is then found out to be dishonest themselves, they would be considered hypocritical at best.





2 replies

  1. Why not give us some real examples, such as the Americans shouting ‘shame’ to the Saudis for the murder of Khashoggi when they themselves have had assassination teams in place (or still have). etc. etc. etc.

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