Cynicism & Hypocrisy :: 2 Sides of the Same Coin

In my previous post I wrote about The Penguin Chronicles, a DVD Nicholas Costaras and I created many years ago. A DVD I dreamed would become a bestseller. A DVD that would skyrocket me to the top of every known chart. This DVD would pay my bills for the rest of my life. Upon completing the final edit I sat in my car and fantasized about being interviewed by David Letterman. And I must say, my answers were both witty and poignant, even Dave seemed to think so.

Dave told me The Penguin Chronicles was both “funny and hard hitting”. He appreciated how I pointed out hypocrisy and wasn’t afraid to offend anyone who needed offending. Both Dave and I agreed that my answers to the world’s problems weren’t just brilliant, they were needed. In the end we both had a good laugh when I mistakenly drank from his coffee cup. When my interview was over, Coldplay played a song and after the show we all went out and ate taco’s. It was a little awkward because Gwyneth Paltrow was there and had been drinking a little too much and started hitting on me. Chris Martin was not impressed. Needless to say, it was a crazy night.

When I look back at the DVD, I can see now I was filled with cynicism at the hypocrisy I saw around me. In embracing my self-righteous attitude I quickly became as bad or worse than the hypocrites. As I stated in an earlier post, a hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does another. A cynic is a person who was one thing and has become another. Cynicism is not the answer to hypocrisy, it is hypocrisy squared.

In the clip below Actor/Model Model/Actor, Art Monger shares his thoughts on hypocrisy. Art was gracious enough to be interviewed for multiple segments of The Penguin Chronicles.

The next clip came from a “revelation” I had about how the church tries to sell God like a door-to-door salesman tries to sell vacuums. We use the same lingo and make the same promises. I still think the clip below is a lot of fun and makes a point, but I’m now convinced that throwing rocks is not the answer. I am OK with differentiating myself from people who are in the business of god or religion. But throwing rocks at them is just as bad as them throwing rocks at the world. Neither is productive.


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