One who wears a false face over his real one.

I hate hypocrites. Anyone one who pretends to hold values, morals, beliefs, and ideals of any sort, and in reality does not hold them, and more often than not acts against them. And I hate coming close to being one, because that would be becoming the thing that I hate.

If you sincerely hold beliefs and morals, but do not have the moral strength to fulfill them, you’re not a hypocrite. If you pretend to hold those things and do not actually follow them, you are.

Hypocrisy plagues politics and religion consistently. For instance, the two sides of the American political pole. Those on the liberal end claim to profess defence of social and civil liberties, while simultaneously they persecute the politically incorrect, thus they attack those that disagree with them and try to shame them as being horrible people, and many liberal politicians and spokespersons support their lofty causes from their very well-off abodes. Those on the conservative end claim to profess morality and traditional values, but their economic practices and their support of greed and unbridled war often contradict their dedication to morality, let alone Christian morality.  An example of religious hypocrisy would be the Abrahamic religions, which practice “do unto others what you would want done to you”, and “love thy neighbour”, while preaching war against the unbelievers, “heathens”, homosexuals, bisexuals, and women.

Most of the time this happens when you take ideas and put them in the hands of people who do not actually believe them, and are only in pursuit of power and wealth. The pursuit of power and wealth would be somewhat forgivable if they didn’t just dishonestly use beliefs and ideals to do it. The tragedy is that even so-called believers in freedom fall to hypocrisy.

I wonder, what does it take to stem this hypocrisy? When will the hypocrites be chastised for their falsehood towards themselves?

Why Lucifer wouldn’t take sides with “God” or Satan

God Versus Devil by VegasMike on Deviantart

I know, you probably think this title is strange, or makes no sense. After all, aren’t Lucifer and Satan the same entity? Well let’s view it in this sense. The Christian God, or Yahweh/El, and Satan are two sides of a war, in which they use humanity as pawns for their own ends. To them humanity is just ignorant fodder for the war, and who knows whether they care after it’s all over. And here, Lucifer, that rebel angel, is caught in the middle, and he’s not taking sides with either. Perhaps he objects to the whole idea, or perhaps he just doesn’t want to have to obey either side. Either way, he’s not taking sides, and going his own way.

The whole point behind this scenario is this: if Lucifer were a true rebel, and if he was caught between two sides, he wouldn’t side with anyone, and instead assert his independence, just like a true devil.

Of course, if Lucifer is the same as Satan, then at least he didn’t take a side, or rather claimed his own. But I don’t see him playing the same game, and I don’t see him being the Satan of our traditional “God versus Satan” conflict.