When a man will condemn others but will not subject himself to the same ethical standards, that, my friends, is a hypocrite. We talk about people living in glass houses and the logic for their not throwing stones, but we often fail to hold people to their statements that they made to get them to where they are today.
When a man will say that a project is a waste of time, yet take credit for it when the project is being hailed by the media, that, my friends, is a hypocrite. Likewise, there are “leaders” in this world who like to trumpet their budget cuts and their saving of taxpayer funds, despite being warned that their efforts could prove dangerous, but when things do go badly, they slip free of any blame, and those people are also hypocrites.
When a man will make claims that he has accomplished something spectacular, but won’t permit scrutiny of his claims, is that man a hypocrite? Shouldn’t we, if we have indeed done an amazing deed, be willing to permit people to look into our claims, to see just what it is that we have done and how we can replicate that “success”? Hypocrisy is claiming you are all about something, when really you are not; so if you make claims of expertise, shouldn’t you expect critical review of your work? If it is truly what it is, it will stand up to the examination.
When people go around pretending to be leaders by making claims of their honesty, they should in fact be honest. If they are about being a good steward of taxpayer funds, they too, should be actually doing just that. If they think that their cost-cutting efforts are actually beneficial to the community and they prove to be wrong, they should be willing to take that heat. And when we say we are professionals in what we do, we should permit others to review our works and determine if they hold up to a critical examination of the content.
Change freightens the entrenched and the hypocritical; the entrenched because of their anticipation of loss and the hypocrites, because they will be exposed for what they are when the light of truth shines in. If you are one who embraces change, it’s probably because you know you don’t have anything to lose. If you are what you are and you do what you do, and you practiced your art and you learned from the masters, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from change.