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  •  it is like dry rot in the sills of a home (1+ / 0-)
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    the foundation has to be firm and substantial.  However, how many professionals today exemplify the tenets of their profession?  How many ministers, for example, actually live up to the principles which they espouse and how many of them live their lives as performance art, one aspect for their congregation and another for their family?

    •  I don't think hypocrisy is anything new (1+ / 0-)
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      or even more prevalent in this day and age than in previous ages.  For instance, look to Dickens portrayal of the Reverend Stiggins in the Pickwick Papers, alluded to indirectly in the author's preface (my favorite Dickens quote ever):

      Lest should be any well-intentioned persons who do not perceive the difference (as some such could not when Old Mortality was newly published) between religion and the cant of religion, piety and the pretence of piety, a humble reverence for the great truths of Scripture and an audacious and offensive obtrusion of its letter and not its spirit in the commonest dissensions and meanest affairs of life, to the extraordinary confusion of ignorant minds, let them understand that it is always the latter, and never the former, which is satirized here. Further, that the latter is here satirized as being, according to all experience, inconsistent with the former, impossible of union with it, and one of the most evil and mischievous falsehoods existent in society—whether it establish its headquarters, for the time being, in Exeter Hall or Ebenezer Chapel, or both. It may appear unnecessary to offer a word of observation on so plain a head. But it is never out of season to protest against that coarse familiarity with sacred things which is busy on the lip, and idle in the heart; or against the confounding of Christianity with any class of persons who, in the words of Swift, have just enough religion to make them hate, and not enough to make them love, one another.

      Perhaps we hear more frequent and striking examples thanks to mass communications.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:23:24 AM PDT

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