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By Scott McIntyre

In what may be a truly unprecedented move, all members of the United States Congress, officially announced today a joint alliance with Fox News, the New York Times, Planned Parenthood, and the NRA, to remove actual hypocrisy from all branches of the U.S. Government and the rest of American society

Though not invited to participate in this exceptionally fictional collaboration, I see a huge problem hindering any possible chance of success and yet, have a simple solution that will almost certainly guarantee attainment of their goal.

The obstacle to making their plan work is humanity.  I think most U.S. citizens would say they don’t believe hypocrisy is a good human behavior and yet could anyone prevail if the hypocrisy radar test was pointed at them over an entire lifetime? 

Fortunately for those likely to fail the test, there really isn’t one available and that’s part of the problem.  In order to call out the hypocrite, we almost always have to be exercising a judgmental attitude and two wrongs don’t make a right.  Identifying what someone is doing…fairly simple; knowing their motive…not so easy.  So what are we to do?

It’s really rather straightforward after you reorganize your thinking a little.  Just reflect on a ‘nice sconce’ you’ve seen and ponder how you could rearrange it into a powerful tool that could dramatically affect the duplicity in people’s speech.  I doubt it will take you long to come up with the answer, but let me share it to speed things up…conscience.

This inner feeling that acts as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior, is not a secret to mankind.  We’re all familiar with it and often, when expressing our opinions or stating a conviction, willingly suppress it.  Where our listener is hampered by their lack of knowledge regarding our motive, our still small voice knows precisely where were headed even before we utter that first word.

So my answer to our dilemma?  Pass a law requiring all citizens and residents of the United States to always review their conscience before speaking and never say anything not in line with that inner voice.  Oops…that’s not going to work either.

Now, after thinking I had the whole thing figured out, I’m stumped about what to do.  Maybe, a partial solution could occur if I just closed this article with a gentle encouragement to seek first the truth without insincerity and speak only what drops the duplicity from our heart.  It could serve as a good reminder for me too!

Follow Your Conscience!

Scott McIntyre

About Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre is glad his parents didn’t name him Vladimir or he’d be listed last on this page. While a long time California resident, he was the Oakland Spirituality Examiner for Examiner.com from 2011-12 and about the same time began blogging on several topics. The first, teaching Christians how to lovingly share their spiritual beliefs, emphasized skills that can benefit all forms of one-to-one interaction. He also writes on marriage, travel, downsizing, humor, and the motive behind people’s words and actions. After retiring in 2016, Scott embarked on some major ‘R & R’; Relocating and Rebranding. Following in his sister’s footsteps from the early 80’s, and later in the decade, his parent’s, Scott left the Golden State to become a Washingtonian in a small town just west of Spokane County.

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