To thine self be untrue

Today I came to a disappointing realization. It began to grow as an idea two weeks ago when someone I work with said “you have to love every body.” I disagreed and said I have to help people but I didn’t have to love them. To help and serve is a human response. She tried to phrase it in religious ideology. What angered me about this was the source. Someone who condemns gays, transsexuals, and non-Christians. Stating these people will burn in hell seems very far from love to me.

I escape to the cyber world and see a lot of bickering. Just like the real world but highlighted by all caps. I read the comments and am staggered by the hypocrisy that runs rampant. The motto seems to be “don’t do this but I can if it suits my agenda”. It’s like the car who drives the speed limit or lower in the passing lane. They are obeying the law and are doing you a favor by slowing both lanes down. They took your decision making away based on that they feel is best and good for all.

Thinking about all of this has made me come to one conclusion. The reason so few people see how hypocritical they are is because they are so self unaware. Few people look at themselves introspectively. Instead they focus on everyone else and how if everyone else changed the world would be just perfect. For them.

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  1. I am frequently at war with myself. I am a people pleaser , but as I’ve gotten older I’ve had to make myself limit how much I do for others as I was neglecting what was best for me to a mentally unhealthy degree. The one thing I’ve never had trouble with is my belief that it’s not my place to tell someone else how to live their life, as I don’t like others trying to tell me how to live mine.

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    1. Me neither. I may not understand it but I try to be empathetic. 🙂

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  2. RW says:

    I reckon I just now came to realize what it is that makes me like your writing so much….you make me think…..REALLY think

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    1. I want to thank you
      I feel a freedom writing here I haven’t felt in a long time. XO

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      1. RW says:

        I have nothing but positive vibes for you!
        You rock!

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  3. Libby there is one rule I live by that might be construed as religious and that is the Golden Rule. ‘Do as you would be done by.’ The rest of religion can be tossed out. There is so much hate in the world in the name of religion but every day you see people that have no concept of what being kind to people means. Thank you for the post it did make me think.

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