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Do as I say and not as I do

Do as I say and not as I do

I believe that one of the greatest problems in today’s society is hypocrisy. Why can´t everyone just be honest and put right so many wrongs?

There are several different definitions of hypocrisy; the dictionary defines a hypocrite as someone who “pretends to be better than
he really is or to be pious, virtuous without really being so.” I have a much simpler definition for a hypocrite: a two faced son of
a gun (to be polite).

As piety and virtues are some of the main qualities behind which hypocrites hide, letÂ’s start with the problem of paedophilia that has reached ever increasing momentum in the news in respect of the Church, Catholic and others.

For instance, Pope Francis has stated that, according to reliable data, 2 per cent of clergy are paedophiles, which includes priests, bishops and even cardinals. My question is why did we have to wait this long before an open admission is finally made? And now
that the cat is out of the bag, what is being done about it? Many survivors of abused by priests are angry at what they see as failure
to punish senior officials who have been accused of covering up scandals. If itÂ’s ok for the clergy then how ok is it for everyone else?Talk of double standards! To be seen going to church on Sunday yet, once out of the door, get back to living the regular life.

Yet another recent example of religious hypocrisy is committed when according to Vatican City Associated Press, Pope Francis called for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today. The appeal was made during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies. But… (Reuters Thu Dec 4, 2014) - The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of Euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state’s balance sheets. So why doesn’t the Vatican do as it preaches? Perhaps this made it too obvious with the result that (7-1-15) the Vatican has set aside 3 million Euros for Western African countries hard-hit by the Ebola virus. This would highlight the hypocrisy described in my previous articles of people adopting such a pious charitable posture while in reality serving their own selfish greed.


Unfortunately hypocrisy is not limited to religion, politicians take the biscuit! Prime Minister David Cameron warned Assad not to use nerve gas a few months after supplying him with the means to do so. In 2012, the UK signed off on the sale of four tons of potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride to Syria, the vital ingredients for making nerve gas, which apparently was used to kill people in incredible agony. - December 02, 2014 Daily Mail

Stephen Hawking states that the development of Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the Human Race. I wonder which “Terminator” film he is referring to and if so why is he personally using artificial intelligence to be able to communicate?

In April 2012, SpainÂ’s King Juan Carlos faced calls to quit his honorary presidency of the Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) when it became public knowledge that he broke his right hip at a Botswana safari to hunt elephants. The incident prompted 45,000 signatures within hours. Six years previously, officials dismissed allegations that he had shot for trophy a drunken Russian bear that had been plied with honey and vodka.

And so life goes on, this is why I do not rely on terrestrial agents to tell me what is right or wrong, this is private business between
me and God or, if you prefer, my conscience.

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