In Defense of Hypocrisy


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We’re all a bunch of hypocrites. That’s okay, though: So is everyone else.

Adam Kingsmith writes at DeSmog Canada:

The way in which we think, act, feel and live is wrought with self-denial, contradiction and inconsistency. In a recent piece, I highlighted how various logical fallacies work as psychological flaws that twist and distort our decision-making abilities, making it virtually impossible for someone to make a truly unbiased and impartial choice about anything.
What’s more, because so much of our thought processes are subconscious, our internal contradictions and irregularities rarely register at a more conscious level. And thus our unwillingness to realize this means we tend to think everyone is a hypocrite but us.
According to Why Everyone (Else) Is A Hypocrite, by evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban, the reason we seem unwilling to make an effort to realize our inherent irrationalities is because in Western society, a flattering self-image is directly correlated with personal rewards such as greater senses of emotional stability, motivation and perseverance.

So instead of a more self-reflexive populace that understands everyone — including oneself — is full of contradictions, and more importantly, that it’s entirely natural to have some analytical imperfections, we’ve become a society of self-denial, where a person’s opinions can be easily discredited unless they practice an impossibly monastic lifestyle.
Read more here.

11 Comments on "In Defense of Hypocrisy"

  1. Thurlow Weed | Mar 9, 2014 at 8:45 am |

    I’m not a hypocrite but I am a liar.

    • Lies everywhere, this article could be a lie. This comment about how wide spread lies are in culture could also be a lie. I just hate when low lives find Jesus and suddenly they are one of gods people and everyone who does not believe in Jesus are doomed to hell. Such attention fiends.

      • New Monkey | Mar 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm |

        “low lives”…?

        “Judge not lest you be judged.” [Matthew 7:1]
        “There is no one righteous, not even one.” [Romans 3:10]

        • I’m not saying I’m high life and I do judge myself quite often. I just don’t go around saying little kids from non Christian families go to hell because they have not embraced Jesus, that’s just annoying, and clearly hyperbole.

        • He gave himself for us to set us free from every wrong and to cleanse us so that we could be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good deeds. Titus 2:14. So no one goes to hell anymore, just like no one went to heaven before Christ because of ridiculous original sin. You have to be good because you want to, not because god is coercing you with the threat of eternal damnation. And you can’t feel special for doing good deeds either since everyone

  2. trompe l'oiel | Mar 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm |

    as one of my best, ‘craziest’ friends says “Everything is a lie”

  3. BuzzCoastin | Mar 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm |

    … and if I say that the greatest good of a man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living — that you are still less likely to believe.

  4. Oginikwe | Mar 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

    The best of this article is summed up in its closing paragraph:
    “So the next time someone accuses you of being a hypocrite for
    criticizing the inescapable structures of society from within, remember
    every government reformed, social injustice abolished, inequality
    rebalanced and environmentally destructive practice eradicated has been
    made possible by people who were willing to act on thoughts that were at
    one time deemed contradictory to the status quo.”

    Kudos to Mr. Kingsmith.

  5. gustave courbet | Mar 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm |

    I recommend the book cited above: Why Everyone (Else) Is A Hypocrite, it’s an interesting read…

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