Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Hypocrisy erodes values and trust. You cannot always stop hypocrisy in others, but you can stop it in yourself. Well-known hypocrisy examples:

  • Condemning liars - lying yourself
  • Promoting "godly" values - abusing children
  • Vowing public service - voting for contributor special interests
  • Espousing equality - discriminating selectively by race or gender
  • Railing against homosexuality - engaging in anonymous bathroom trysts
  • Railing against crime - accepting under the table payments or favors
  • Complaining about government giveaways - accepting subsidies, unemployment payments, tax deductions/credits, FEMA recovery...

Since most of what we say publicly is support for positive values, a little more living up to those words would go a long way.

“A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” ― Adlai E. Stevenson II

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