Hypocritical Hypocrite

Hey you over there

With that self-righteous stare

And you over there who just took offense

To someone else's two cents

Why don't you come down off of that high and mighty horse

Let's take a look at all of the things that you endorse

I'll bet you're a walking contradiction too

After all, we're all only human - me and you

We can't possibly always meet our own high standards

Yet if someone else behaves in an opposing manner

Than the ideals they claim to portray

Oh, how quick we are to make them our own prey

If you think it's not true of you and that shoe doesn't fit

Well then - you're just another hypocritical hypocrite!

Next time, first check your own behaviors

And think more about the quirks of human nature

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phoenix2327 7 months ago from United Kingdom

Nice one, shanmarie. What an intriguing glimpse into human nature.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hmmmm ( scratching my head) Oh girl, I just can't imagine why your muse inspired you in this way...................................................GOOD one!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, phoenix! I suppose it is a bit different, but you know, it is what it is.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Hey look, I got something past Paula! Hhahahahaha. At least temporarily, no doubt only temporarily. LOL

Oh. ..we're all just walking contradictions, aren't' we? It came from a bit of disgust in watching people communicate in forums. At least that was the initial inspiration. Someone who doesn't normally get angry states a rather strong opinion or has an emotional reaction to something else that's said and suddenly that person is a hypocrite because that person said that person is normally laid back. . . that kind of thing.

But it's true everywhere and in every part of life. We're all just a product of the sum of our whole. And sometimes who we are in general and our general outlook takes a back seat to irrational emotions.

I found a video after I published this that I thought fit right in so I added it. I know a few offline that could stand to hear this lesson too. LOL. . .


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

P.S.

Paula, when I write, especially poetry, I think I have many different styles or manners. It just comes out how it comes out, I guess. One you might like for the humor is called Open Wide. It's somewhere on my HP profile. It's also quite different than many of my other poems.


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Shanmarie, this little poem actually expr seed how I am feeling about a couple of situations and miscommunications online at the moment. I have been trying unsuccessfully to pen a poem about the subject as well, so good work.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jodah. Sometimes something hits me just right and that muse takes hold. I found that it was easier to just express it in poetic form than to do a hub on the topic, though I'm sure that even that could be done. You'll get your thoughts out when the time is right. :)


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Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

This was a little confusing at first. I don't know how I think about hypocrites. I guess I keep my hypocritical talk to politics. lol. Other than that, I believe the only instance I've talked of someone being a hypocrite is unfortunately church people going to church and then coming home to drink a beer and preach to others. I mean, I've seen that type of stuff all my life. Yep, politics and religion are where you find the most hypocrites. Nonetheless, this was very interesting. I like people who aren't afraid to say what they feel, as long as it doesn't shout out judgments in the wrong direction. Actually, this reminds me a little of a conversation I had with someone on FB recently with a very outspoken personality. You have to take things with a grain of salt and don't allow them to make you get into a hypocritical conversation I suppose. ;)


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Yes, Missy, take it all with a grain of salt when possible. But sometimes we all say and do things against what we normally think or feel. To a degree, we're all hypocrites so why judge others too harshly? On the other hand, some people are purposely acting to the opposite of what they preach.

Now. .. church and beer. . .that's another story. Hahaha. I have a very strong faith, but I am not afraid to drink if I choose to. Jesus drank wine, why can't I? LOL . . .If I liked wine, that is. I'm more about the girly concoctions most of the time or a shot of whiskey in coke. But to me, religion is not about condemning others or about telling them how to live their lives.

Gotta be wary of those outspoken personalities. Or at least I do. Sometimes they clash with my own personality when I'm feeling outspoken. I just try to remember that they are just as human as I am.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london

Interesting approach, my dear. Nice!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you for the compliment, manatita.


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

You tell them, Shan! You had me a bit perplexed too, like Paula, at the start, but I see your point to the human condition of which we all suffer.

It is funny how each of us has that one or two things that may push our buttons at times. When I think someone is belittling someone just because they believe in their mind they are superior (for some reason ...someone must have told them so), then that always gets me going.

Shan, you are so great at writing poetry no matter the form or topic, for it seems to take hold of your heart first, and then travels to your brain and pours out onto the pages from your fingertips.

Peace and blessings always


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Theresa,

I had a feeling this one might grab attention and maybe push some buttons too. But I think that it is so important that we be less quick to condemn others for getting angry or otherwise emotional. There are some things that are just triggers for people. And sometimes other factors we are unaware of are causing the reaction. Besides, when we do, we're often acting in the same manner as the one we're condemning. It's very hard to chastise without responding in the same tone we first disliked. I suppose it is along the same lines as you described. . .people belittling other people for the sake of superiority.

Thank you for that very gracious compliment, which is actually poetic itself. But I think you described it very well. That is the way most of my poetry gets its start.

Hugs to you, my friend.


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

You're so right, Shan. Even with those who are closest to us, we may not truly know what is going on with them deep down (at the moment they may react uncharacteristically), until they have time to process whatever is going on with them.

Oh, I see from your comment to Missy, and understand better now ...that is the very reason I never venture into a forum on politics or religion, for it seems when we fail to agree to disagree, then out comes the ugly.

Oh, you are so deserving

Hugs to you and yours


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Faith.

Politics is definitely not a favorite subject matter of mine. Sometimes I enjoy religious discussions - so long as the discussion remains polite and does not become heated. I used to have a good friend who wanted to tell me all about Catholicism. But whenever I would state my own views and opinions he would become so angry with me. And much of the time I was genuinely trying to learn and to examine the different perspectives. Then again, he and I clashed whenever we tried to have an in-depth conversation about just about anything and he finally decided he didn't like my life choices and couldn't be my friend anymore. When he apologized years later it just wasn't the same and we didn't stay in contact.

But in terms of forums and deeper discussions, I sometimes sort of end up playing devil's advocate and point out other angles. It's not one of my most endearing traits, I've found. LOL. . .Like I said, though, I learn from it and when I'm caught up in it I suppose I'm a little more intense than I mean to be. Especially since I may not be feeling as intense as it comes across, merely exploring things in my mind. Does that make sense? Probably not. Haha. That's okay.

But you are right that even those closest to us may act out of character from time to time. Sometimes we can know right away something is not right, though, by the out of character reaction. Other times, maybe we just misinterpret the action.


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

It does makes sense, Shan.

I used to do that very thing to my dad as he was so opinionated about everything, and even if I agreed with him, I would play devil's advocate, and boy did that get him going. Haha.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

It was one of the reasons my friend and I could never talk about our views on certain topics. He always had to be right and I always asked questions and pointed out things that had no connection in his mind, especially if it proved him wrong! LOL The funny thing is that some of the very things he condemned me for, he ended up doing himself.


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ladyguitarpicker 7 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I think we need to realize we are all hypocrites. The good news I became less judging of people as I became older. Great hub,Stella


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Exactly, Stella! We are all hypocrites at one time or another or have been in the past. My point to this really is just that sometimes we all act against our own ideals and it does not mean we are bad people. So, yes, stop judging others so harshly, especially in the heat of an argument or discussion. I'm glad you get it. :)


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean

You've got some very practical insight into the human nature, and you express them in a way that makes me (and I'm sure others) relate. Good reflections!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Aw. . .thank you very much, MsDora. That's the best that anyone can hope for when writing poetry or anything else. Relating to it is the reason emotions are felt, or at least understood, by the reader. Something magical in that, I think. So thanks again. :)


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DDE 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I so agree here and great message.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, DDE.


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

I couldn't agree more, my friend. I told a friend once that we are all prejudiced to one degree or another, and he was offended greatly by that statement. I feel the same way about this poem.....indeed, we are!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

I think you are right, Bill. How can we not be to one degree or another when everything is so subjective anyway? It's just a matter of what one might be prejudiced against.


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phoenix2327 7 months ago from United Kingdom

How interesting that billybuc and I had the same experience. I tried to explain to someone once that all people were prejudiced in one way or another. Before I could say another word, she went on a rant on how she wasn't prejudiced, that she treated everyone the same, blah, blah blah. In her mind, being prejudiced was the same as being racist. I tried to explain that the word wasn't exclusive to people but could apply to anything, things, places, even flavours of ice cream. She was not having it; prejudiced = racist, end of. I could have pointed out that she was being prejudiced against my argument, but that would only have added fuel to her fire. I don't know why I bother.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Hello phoenix,

I laugh, but only because I too have known people like that. I once had someone argue with me that tornadoes could not hit big cities. So a few years later when one hit his city, I thought about that argument. I wouldn't have given it a second thought, except that he argued so emphatically about it that I realized it was only a case of him having to be right.

Sometimes people get so set on their own perceptions and concepts of how things are that they do not want to explore other possibilities. They do not want to be wrong. To them, it's like a failure instead of growth. Perhaps she later considered your statement more carefully.


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phoenix2327 7 months ago from United Kingdom

So you could say it is a failure of growth on their part. :)


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

Not exactly what I meant, but I suppose you could.


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DREAM ON 7 months ago

You made me think about the way I feel towards coworkers who don't do their job. Maybe I was so preoccupied with their way and not realizing I am just as bad. Hypocritical hypocrite myself. I loved your hub and I will examine my actions more closely.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas Author

I think we all are at times, Dream On. If you found this useful, that's good. I get frustrated at work sometimes too, but in the end, it's not what is really important.

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