The hypocritical oaf

Squeamish at the sight of blood

shudders at the stench of death

cringes at the sight of suffering

shits himself on the thought of pain

And yet . . .

yet bloody death, suffering, and pain

is his everyday repertoire –

(lock, stock, and barrel)

In every bite,

piled high on his plate

woven in the fabrics he sports

tested on the products he selects

epidemic in the government he elects

rampant in the brands his shallow ego protects –

He is microcosm, self-entitled mini-capitalist-warmonger-tyrant

this squealing potbellied armchair aspirant

Tho’ he’s easily spooked by nightly news

where the on-scene reporter,

her mock expression to match,

tells of gangsta/terrorist/calamity just past

As he swaddles in blanket sipping whiskey ‘n ice

cozy by the fire he offers his advice

But first, the obligation of sympathy

(a bowed head and a blessing)

for this all-too-soon forgotten tragedy

and its hapless faceless victims

(whom he only pretends to care for)

He’s happy to be the one secure at home,

safe behind his bolted door

(where he has 911 on speed dial)

“What’s the world coming to!” he decries aloud

(shaking his fist to an imaginary crowd)

though he never considers (not for a moment) the disavowed

And so he advocates, pontificates

for more authority,

more police,

more security,

more goddamn gun control,

more prisons,

more laws,

But never,

never, does he consider the underlying cause –

this hypocritical oaf


  1. Sadly, hypocrisy seems an almost inevitable part of the human condition, at least in some degree. It can be easy to find ourselves intolerant of the intolerant for example – itself a form of hypocrisy – and which dilemma can be hard to resolve. As you may well know Peter, Karl Popper defined the paradox of intolerance back in 1940’s in his work The Open Society and Its Enemies.

    “Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. . . . We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

    Quite a sound argument in support of our species’ undoubtedly inherent hypocrisy!

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