We all have people that we look up to, and there are always people that we will respect in our lives. Whether it be an uncle, a parent, a teacher, or a coach, there will always be those people that we respect. We will think that they are the greatest people on the face of the Earth, and we will be hard pressed to say that they could do anything wrong. What happens though if we find out that people who are leaders in our lives turn out to be hypocrites?
It happens to a lot of us in our life, and when we find out that people who we thought were the greatest people in the world will turn out to be failures. What should we do when confronted with this reality of life? What happens when our parents who told us not to do drugs get busted for smoking pot? What do you do when your teacher turns out to be a felon, or never actually graduated from school? There are some things that we can do.
I think that what we have to do is that we have to realize that people are not perfect. We also have to realize that we ourselves are not perfect, and that we have the potential to do wrong. We are all humans, and that makes us all prone to making mistakes. Whether we tell a lie, or make ourselves out to be something that we are not, we all have our reasons.
We have to take into account the context of the actions of our lives. If your teacher never graduated from college, you still have to ask yourself if the teacher still was a good teacher. If your parents get busted for doing something they told you never to do, does that make what they said wrong? Does that make them bad people, or does that just make them people who made a mistake?
Would we want to be judged by others? It might hurt, and you might feel like people are a hypocrite, but what if they are just trying to protect you? If you knew the pitfalls of a certain action, wouldn’t you want others to avoid it even if you couldn’t avoid it yourself? If you could do some good, but couldn’t follow the correct system to get in, wouldn’t you want to?
You have to judge the person as much as you judge the action. Life is so fluid, and there are so many reasons for why we do things, and why others do things. If you find that someone isn’t as perfect as you thought, you should keep in mind that no one is perfect. All that we can expect is that people try, and learn from the mistakes they make. Appreciate what these people have done for you, and stand by them for the flaws they have as well.