The following article was found amongst Burrito’s effects, on his ‘thightop’, as he used to call it. Messy, pungent, shaggy creature that he was, I am tearful as I present it for your enjoyment:
It wasn’t until quite lately that I bothered to look up the meaning of the word ‘hypocrite’. It is an oft used word of insult intended to imply that the hypocrite is somebody who doesn’t practise what they preach.
The word actually means ‘actor’, from the Greek.
I propose that every human being (except children, the mentally retarded, the asleep, and living Saints) IS, in fact, a HYPOCRITE. It helps explain a lot. Christ loved children because of this characteristic of theirs, and to this day, Wisdom issues from the mouths of babes. He bade us suffer them, for “theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. This is important to remember when one of them scratches your Mercedes. Of course, we must differentiate ‘child-like’ from ‘child-ish’.
So, we are mostly all: Actors. Christ was very hard on hypocrites. The worst kind are those who play the part of holy man (or woman), for by their false performances, many souls can be unwittingly led to madness and damnation. The danger of falling into hypocrisy is like leprosy: It numbs and disables our extremities, and makes us ugly and outcast. We should copy the lepers who are trained in ‘visual surveillance of extremities’. Catholics call it ‘examination of conscience’.
If we are all actors, this presupposes a script and director(s). Any suggestions?
This is, of course, a blog post. It is meant to provoke comment. Comment forth, dear Theophili! Don’t be shy! We love ‘luvvies’ here. Go, break a leg!
The fun, and the wisdom will be distilled thenceforth, to great applause from everyone, but I doubt we will earn a review in the Daily Telegraph ‘Arts’ pages.
(In the meantime, I must start practicing what I preach: Lord give me a holiday to do it in. Puh-leese.)