Sun, Jul 19, 2009

Noted Behavior

One of mankind’s worst attributes is having the ability to act hypocritically. Everyone has been a hypocrite on one occasion or another, however, some people are much worst than others …

Merriam-Webster’s definition of hypocrite is:

Main Entry: hyp·o·crite Listen to the pronunciation of hypocrite

Pronunciation: ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit

Function: noun

Date: 13th century

Etymology: Middle English ypocrite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritēs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai

1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion

2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

The Hypocrite’s Story

One such instance of reprehensible behavior occurred when two of my friends got into a squabble about a loan one had given to the other. Essentially, Chone lent our friend T-bird a couple of hundred dollars when T-bird’s car was impounded (names have been changed to protect their privacy).

On the day that payment on the loan was due, T-bird was out of town and unreachable by phone. Understandably, Chone was upset. He dropped by my place to vent his frustration about his situation. Chone has a tendency to be always complaining.

His ranting and raving went on for hours.  And finally he came to a solution, with which I disagreed.  He stated that if T-bird didn’t pay him by that evening, Chone was going to go to T-bird’s mom and ask her to pay for the loan.

I asked Chone whether he would appreciate it if someone went to his mother attempting to collect on his debt. Of course, he said, “Oh hell no, I’d be pissed if someone would do that to me.”

And so I followed up with asking him, “So why would you go to T-bird’s mom for his debt, she has nothing to do with it.”

His response was, “Because he owes ME money.”

So I voiced my opinion of his hyprocracy which was ignored.  Later that night, T-bird came back into town and paid Chone.  I thought to myself, ‘Hyprocrisy at its finest.’


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