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Why do we act the opposite of what we preach?

Truth be told this blog is going to be kind of philosophical and a bit of a rant. Please bear with me.


I guess you must have heard the quote "Practice what you preach". Let's be honest, it isn't always the case where one who preaches is also the one who practices his own teachings. This shows us that humans are hypocritical by nature. Don't get offended, at least hear me out.

There are some things which everybody knows but deep down, they hate to admit it. Humans being a hypocrite is one of those things. Everybody you have known, even you and me we are all hypocrites but it isn't exactly a bad thing. If you are wondering how then let me explain.


The drive behind hypocrisy: Self-interest is the most obvious reason for any of us to act like hypocrites. When people are questioned about why they act in conflict with their own stated moral standards, many will say that the personal costs are enough to outweigh the intention to act morally. Essentially, we all want to act fairly until we are put on the spot and are facing our own personal consequences. For example, it’s easy to justify many of our unfulfilled wishes to donate to charities and failed inclinations to help a stranger in need by telling ourselves that we just can’t afford to do it right now.


Hypocrisy is engraved in our DNA since the beginning of time. As said earlier when a person has an interest in a particular thing, one can even go against their own rules. Ethics are good for the time when you want to preach something. No one is fundamentally good or bad, we just do what we feel is beneficial to us.


There are a few reasons as to what causes hypocrisy, a few of them are listed below:

It is typically caused by an inflated sense of ego and self-righteousness, coupled with an inability to be humble. According to experts, it is a form of projection, which is a common defence mechanism that takes root in adolescence. It is a way to protect ourselves from harm.

I would like to end this blog with a quote.

"Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and I don't have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean" - Anonymous

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