The Hypocrisy of Finding Faults in Another While Ignoring One’s Own
Watching the six o’clock news as a celebrity’s struggle with alcoholism and infidelity is being expounded and dissected, Julius shakes his head disapprovingly.
“This guy is a dog, man” he says in the presence of his wife, Simone.
“Are you sure you are any better?” She replied gently.
“Come on now Simone, how can you say that to me?”
“Before you criticize this man, can you say with certainty that you would act differently if you had his celebrity status and all the temptations that come with it?” Julius smiled and said no more.
In some cases, a disgraced “role model” is far ahead of many so called “respectable” people. The public exposure of his vices forces him to honestly assess himself divorced of the delusion that he is better than he actually is. It brings him down from the artificial podium given to him by the very people who now delight in his downfall. With his feet firmly on the ground, he can then begin to build himself up again on a sound foundation.
As superbly demonstrated in the below scenes from the movie, “Flight,” It took a plane crash and jail time to expose Pilot Whip Whitaker’s addiction to alcoholism and thus free him of his false sense of pride.
On the other hand, the man who condemns others often has similar or even greater vices slumbering with him. Imagine the irony of a pot, thoroughly covered in black soot, calling a kettle black. Simply because he has managed to keep his vices hidden from the public, he thinks he has the right to pass judgement on others. Better yet, he could learn from the mistakes of others to ensure he avoids them.