Saturday, February 9, 2008


Today I realized that Bob holds different definitions for common words. Maybe this is the reason there appears to be a logical disconnect between Bob and the normal world.

On the show, Bob's guest (not sure who she was) was complaining about the hypocrisy of some people. Bob replied that we're all hypocrites because hypocrisy was falling short of the standards that you've set for yourself. Bob also mentioned that he didn't care for those who didn't set standards for themselves (I'm really not sure who these alleged people are).

But Bob has the definition of hypocrisy wrong. Merriam-Webster defines "hypocrisy" as "a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not." So, you see, hypocrisy is not "falling short" of some standard; hypocrisy is lying that you actually hold the standard in the first place. This is especially heinous when you try to impose that standard on others.

Bob has conveniently taken the bad element, i.e., the lying, out of the definition. No wonder Bob has such tolerance for the hypocrites of the Religious Right.

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