Both ways

We cannot ask for honesty when we lie.

Respect when we treat others with disrespect.

Cry for freedom from hate while we rage against certain types of people.

Love as a principle, be that a moral, ethical or religious principle, cannot be dissected into parts. Love for them, but not THEM. 

Hypocrisy – c. 1200, ipocrisie, “the sin of pretending to virtue or goodness” – lives when we want both ways to co-exist.

There is a blindness to hypocrisy. We cannot see it in ourselves. To claim our virtue while enacting the opposite is to be a hypocrite. 

Against our blindness, we might surround ourselves with people who care enough about us to point out hypocrisy in our words and actions.

Photo Taken December 21st 2023