14 May THE CANCER OF HYPOCRISY
To thine own self be true. This is a very strong statement that has served as a guiding principle for many centuries. We all have, at some point in our lives, done things that negate what we preach; treat people with disdain only to come around professing love for humanity, preach love but treat our domestic staff with such hatred and wickedness. Hypocrisy is the crux of this conversation and it’s simply doing or saying things that do not correlate with what we believe. Why do we act this way? Perhaps, it is because we all need some form of recognition and respect, we want to be placed on a higher pedestal so we pretend to be virtuous or have integrity. We claim to have moral standards when in fact, our actions speak otherwise. In Nigeria today, hypocrisy, like corruption has eaten deep into our value system. We complain about the authorities yet we do not come out when it’s time to vote. When a family member is in government, we turn blind eyes to their illegal acts because we are benefitting from them. To be honest, we are all agents of ‘eye service’ because we now hunger for gratification from society. Why don’t we all put our moral compass to work? Evaluate your actions in the past week and be completely honest with yourself. Don’t stop there, begin to make deliberate effort to change. Again, to thine own self be true.
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