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Devra Torres

In Praise of Hypocrisy (No, Not Really)

Aug. 31, 2012, at 12:09pm

This quote was brought to my attention by my friend Jennifer, for whom I have enormous respect.  We don’t agree much on politics,

but we do concur on the more important things.  (Yes, there are more important things!). 

I clicked on “like,” but something about the quote bothered me.  It was hard to put my finger on.

It reminded me of St. Francis’ saying, “Preach always!  When necessary, use words.”

Oh, wait.  Turns out he never seems to have said that.  But we all see the point: practice what you preach.  If you don’t, then

  • You a hypocrite, and therefore,
  • You’re shooting yourself in the foot, because no one’s about to listen to a hypocrite.

So, sure, we can all agree: practice what

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