Great post on Hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.
Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 – 1797)
Hypocrisy is originally a dramatic term. It contains the Greek ύπό (hypo), which means ‘under’, and the verb κρίνειη (krinein), to judge, decide, determine, etc. A hupokrites was a character who spoke out from under a homogenous chorus, and the word gradually came to refer in general to one who plays a part. Under the guise of another, so to speak, one makes his/her judgments and decisions. Hypocrites are actors, connoisseurs of pretense: they are una genta dipinta, in Dante’s words, a painted people. In canto 23 the contrapasso is spot on. Those who put the most weight on their exterior are now overburdened by it. I picture an underdeveloped interior dangling pitifully under the two-ton cowl like the clapper of a bell.
We identify hypocrisy most readily in politics and religion. Our political leaders and people of faith have chosen to don…
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