noun: hypocrisy; plural noun: hypocrisies
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Hypocrisy is way more of a sin than any of the seven original deadlies. It does fit in with wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony in that you’re mostly hurting yourself. Like the others, you end up looking really bad in the process. Hypocrisy has the potential to be as destructive as wrath and avarice when it afflicts people in positions of power. It’s also very common in today’s world where accountability seems to be lost in many places.

“Actions speak louder than words.”
“Show me, don’t tell me.”
“Walk the talk.”
“Lead by example.”
“Do as you say.”
All of those are familiar words. They seem to have come from an age gone by. Even in today’s world where everyone carries a camera in their pocket, where things said and done in private end up on YouTube, and where anything we’ve ever typed online is preserved forever and can be found with Google, people still think they can get away with saying one thing and doing another. On one hand, it’s irrational. On the other hand, it’s scandal, and the Facebook/Twitter generation seems to thrive on perpetual streams of scandals.
The genie isn’t going back in the bottle, but I still reminisce fondly to times when people were judged solely by their actions.

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