I've just noticed that a lot of people complain about hypocrisy as if it were the worst thing a person could do.
Now, it's defined as:
But seriously, what's wrong with it? I hear people railing against it all the time, but they never seem to explain themselves... they just expect me to agree that there's something wrong with it.hypocrisy, n.
1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not ; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
I can see many situations in which hypocrisy could produce good results. For instance, if you realize that you need to respond with a different standard to a different but similar situation, you can do that.
Hypocrisy also allows you to keep your image consistent as you reexamine your actual values. The thing is, if you changed your image as quickly as you began to doubt your current values, you would change too rapidly for people to be able to get an idea of what you were like, and they wouldn't trust you. In many cases, you have to display hypocritical traits in order to be trusted.
There's also the advantage that it allows you to acknowledge that the choices you tend to make are not the best ones, and thus encourage others to choose more wisely than yourself, if they are able to do so.
Finally, I believe that most people (including myself) are hypocritical about something, consciously or unconsciously. I haven't met any who I would say weren't, but there might be one out there. So, what's the point of condemning it? What exactly would be the advantage if people were never hypocritical about anything?