In The Happiness Hypothesis, the book explores the many levels of human actions and emotions. In the fourth chapter, labeled "The Faults of Others," the author spends time on how as humans we generally are hypocritical, and self-loving in nature. He gives a few examples of famous men being brought down by hypocrisy. For example, Congressman Ed Schrock, a man who spoke freely to the world about his opposition to gay rights, was caught leaving a recording on a sexline describing what he wanted to do with a gay man.
Most of us laugh at others getting caught being hypocritical. But the thing is, most of us have eaten our words. I know as younger preteen, I was against a variety of things; sex before marriage, drugs, and alcohol. But as I grew up, I found that it was much easier to go against these previous standards when given the opportunity to break them. I think it is easier to say you are against certain values in prospect. I also think hypocrisy happens when we want to impress people with our "moral" standards. Ed Schrock made his appearance to be homophobic to obtain followers and to please people. I know I have said things to friends to have a better appearance.
Do you know anyone who has been hypocritical, and did it upset you why they were? Why is it so easy to get upset at people who do things that go against their previous word? Is it a form of lying? Have you ever done things that went against your previous word?
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