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June 04, 2010

Quote of the Day

The failure of human beings to meet their own ideals does not disprove or discredit those ideals. The fact that some are cowards does not make courage a myth. The fact that some are faithless does not make fidelity a joke. All moral standards create the possibility of hypocrisy. But I would rather live among those who recognize standards and fail to meet them than among those who mock all standards as lies.

In the end, hypocrisy is preferable to decadence.

Michael Gerson

Posted by Cassandra at June 4, 2010 06:26 AM

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Couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 4, 2010 07:45 AM

I'd go further: hypocrisy is not the failure to meet a moral standard. It's holding another harshly to a moral standard while failing to acknowledge one's own breach of the same or an equivalent moral standard. It's complaining of the mote in your neighbor's eye while ignoring the plank in your own.

It's never hypocrisy to break a moral law, admit it, repent, ask forgiveness, atone, and move on -- not even when you do all these things while expecting others to obey the same moral law. Forgiving isn't the same as condoning.

Posted by: Texan99 at June 4, 2010 08:45 AM

Thank you for posting this quote and pointing out the column from which it originated. It puts into words what I've often thought but been unable to articulate.

Posted by: nan at June 4, 2010 09:01 AM

Glad you liked it :)

Posted by: Cass at June 4, 2010 10:04 AM