Hypocrisy Is Rife In Our Society
If you were around in the 40s, 50s or 60s you would remember that people tended to say what they meant and meant what they said; it was a different world. Today, so many, especially political leaders, live by the motto, “Do as I say, not as I do”.
Hypocrisy, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “The behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do”. Often, the people who are affected most by hypocrisy are those in the older age group. Let’s look at a few of these.
Global Warming/Climate Change
The issue here is not whether you are a believer or a sceptic; it is about our leaders insisting that we need higher carbon taxes as an incentive to cut back on emissions. They are very disingenuous when they call carbon dioxide a pollutant. Didn’t they ever study basic biology and the process of photosynthesis?
While leaders are telling us we need to sacrifice for the sake of the planet, they continue to emit emissions at an alarming rate. If they really believed what they tell us—that the earth is facing a calamity—they would greatly reduce their energy consumption
Al Gore, the global warming guru, continues to live in a 10,000 square foot house which uses 10 times the energy of the average American household. He also owns four other houses. US President, Barack Obama, takes an inordinate amount of holidays on his Airforce One burning fuel. His wife takes separate holidays on another 747.
We have world leaders, including the Australian Prime Minister, who fly around to various meetings. Have they not heard of technology such as Skype and other forms of communication? If they really believe that the planet is under great threat they might even consider not using toilet paper. Even recycled paper uses energy and releases carbon dioxide.
While they are at it, perhaps the politicians should restrict some of the air that they exhale. They would reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and hot air.
Cutting Senior Entitlements
We should commend governments when they are fiscally responsible by keeping budgets under control. Recently, both the Australian federal and state governments announced cuts to benefits for seniors, citing budgetary difficulties. Once again pensioners have to make do with less.
At the same time, the West Australian government is building a new football stadium estimated to blow out to $1.5 billion! The government—we taxpayers—have to bear the brunt of this cost.
They tell us about how dire the budget situation is, yet they have no qualms about spending this huge sum of money. They speak with a forked-tongue. I suppose it’s what we have come to expect from our politicians.
The medical profession and politicians have a habit of being very paternalistic when it comes to what we “should do” with respect to our health. A great example is the anti-smoking campaign. Despite the fact that only 17% of Australians now smoke, there is still a concerted effort to cut its usage by high taxation, restriction of sales or outright attempts to ban the product. The Australian government now receives $4 billion in tax revenue while the health costs are only $1 billion.
Compare this to alcohol use and abuse. The cost to the community is horrendous; assaults and murders, domestic violence, health problems––including dementia; death and maiming on the roads, and man-hours lost in the workplace. Where is the outrage of the medical and political community? Why are we not taxing alcohol to a huge degree?
On the contrary, we are told that alcohol is good for us. How many times do we hear about the benefits of drinking red wine. What they don’t tell you is that your risk of cancer increases with alcohol consumption, especially bowel, breast and prostate cancer. It also turns out that politicians and doctors love their drink––and drugs. Studies have shown that doctors have 2-3 times the rate of suicide than the general population due to alcohol and drug abuse.
Another area that we are lectured on is obesity. In places such as New York State, an attempt was even made to ban certain soda drinks, in the name of obesity. If we are honest about it, we should ban this very computer that I am typing on. You can show a casual relationship between the introduction of the personal computer––with its peripherals––and the increase in obesity rates. It is not about the simplistic notion of junk food in our society. It is people taking responsibility with respect to what they put into their bodies and the energy they use to burn up calories.
These are just a few examples where our leader’s actions don’t match their words.