Hypocrisy. It lives and walks among us and it lurks in the very shadows in which we feel safe. It feeds upon unsuspecting minds, clinging to the particles of grey matter that are most apt to ignore it.
Professing beliefs or ideals that you neither follow nor remotely understand is the most familiar definition but there is also the flip side of the hypocritical coin. The admonishment of a habit or behavioural pattern that is so blatantly shared by the one pointing the finger is the one that is most commonly seen – at least by me.
But the ones making flagrant accusations are oblivious to the obvious. They are standing so far out on the precipice of blindness that they are unaware that they are constantly living in a suspended state of hypocrisy. And perhaps they truly can’t see the irony in pointing out the shortcomings of another when they represent the same qualities themselves.
Maybe the pot calling the kettle black is a mere distraction technique. If the focus is shifted in a different direction, the pot will never receive the negative repercussion to which it should so rightly be subjected. Panning the camera for a close up on the kettle potentially leaves the pot completely out of the picture.
But a word of caution to the pot – even though you may try to use the kettle as a scapegoat to alleviate any personal discomfort, bear in mind that there are many other pots and pans in your proverbial pantry and they see right through the facade. The very ashes that charred the surface of the kettle are mirrored on the exterior of your pot. Before you are so quick to judge make sure that your extraneous covering is free from any soot before you bring the kettle into the mix.