Friday, August 31, 2012

Perfection, Hypocrisy, and Other Issues…

By Angela Smith

What is the definition of perfection? Many sources say it is completion. Those who work to nurture personal and universal health and harmony understand that nurturing and working on a future goal in itself shows processes are incomplete and therefore imperfect by definition. So, in our present lives and times, we are not perfect.

Hypocrisy is, on a basic level, the act of saying one thing and doing another. More or less, everyone has been hypocritical at one time or another. It is something we can all guard against. And, it helps if we can look analytically at ourselves and if we can at least consider the recommendations or constructive criticism of others.

I find it somewhat disheartening when someone’s hypocritical actions lead to the inhumane or subhuman treatment of others. Adults have a responsibility to consider their words and actions and how they impact others. Everyone does, really.

One of the major hypocrisies I have found is that people will seemingly blindly do what they accuse others of doing without recognizing or examining their own actions. For example, Jane could unwittingly say something that offends David. David could then stop talking to Jane and cut off communication. And, both Jane and David could claim that the other is wrong.

What if David had responded calmly and asked for clarification? What if David responded upset and accusatory and Jane stopped talking to him? What if both Jane and David started hating each other over a misunderstanding and their own over-reacting?

I’ve personally seen Jane and David’s relationship repeat itself with individuals I know. And, I find it disturbing. I wish maturity was easy and that there was a universal expectation and representation of reasonable and responsible interaction. Given that this isn’t the case, I’d hope to settle on the possibility that everyone can realize their own imperfection, accept their own flaws and those of others, and try to give as much consideration to the feelings of others as we give to our own.