Is Hypocrisy a form of irresponsibility? Or is it a defensive tool used by the irresponsibles?
What is the correlation between the irresponsibility and hypocrisy?
How people use hypocrisy to protect their irresponsibility?
An irresponsible person is a person who shifts responsibilities. He does something, but does not want to take the full responsibility for it. Instead, one shifts the responsibility to another or others.
A hypocrite is a person who blames others for the same things one is doing without blaming oneself.
Why does a hypocrite does not want others to know that he is doing the same thing?
Imagine a thief who is a law enforcement officer who puts thieves behind bars. He does not want others to know about it, because he does not want to face the consequences. Though he is not shifting the responsibilities to others, he is not willing to carry them either.
So when asked: are you a thief? Or, have you ever stolen anything? The answer is no. That denial is a reject of responsibility. Whether, it is a reject or shift of responsibility it is an irresponsibility.
Are Children Hypocrite?
Generally, a child is anyone aged between one and fifteen. One becomes "adult" from the age of sixteen. Now, the adulthood starts at sixteen, but one becomes a real adult at twenty one. Usually children are under the responsibility of their parents therefore can not be held responsible for their acts as an adult. Indeed during that period, a child is learning to be responsible.
To a certain degree a child is in an irresponsibility stage, but that irresponsibility is not hypocrisy.
Responsibility derives from the duty of care because one always takes full responsibility for things one really cares for. We all know that children are often careless because they are still learning. However, as one becomes an adult, one begins to care for oneself and others. Anything, one decides to care for, be willingly involved in or take part in confers different levels of responsibility.
A hypocrite points a finger to another and reminds another of
his or her responsibility while refusing to be accountable.
It is now clear that hypocrisy is a form of irresponsibility. It is better to ask a person: what do you care for?
instead of what are you responsible for? People often refuse to take responsibility because of the consequences they may face. A person can also become hypocritical if he or she does not care about something anymore. A spouse who does not care about the relationship anymore may become very hypocritical to the other partner.
All in all, anytime there is hypocrisy, there is no responsibility.
Should one always consider hypocrisy as an irresponsibility?