Bernard de Mandeville said:
“No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are innate to us, and nobody comes into the world without them.”
That quote represents every human being; be they young or old; rich or poor; saint or criminal. Hypocrisy lives in every man and woman, but the fault of a hypocrite is not in their innate flaw, but in their willingness to use it for their own monetary or social protection.
The other day, a good friend of mine recommended a story for me to possibly write about; I was very interested. After reading the story, I felt like it was definitely something that I wanted to write about. Several years ago, a woman, pregnant with twins, began to feel ill. Upon calling her doctor, it was recommended that she drive to the nearby Catholic hospital. I won’t go into the extreme details of the story, but in the end, both she and the twins passed away.
Due to a series of possible medical malpractices, her husband is now suing the hospital and her primary care physician. Here’s the interesting part: the hospital is calling on the judge to throw out the wrongful death argument in regard to the unborn twins. Apparently, in Colorado, a fetus is not legally recognized as a person. This legal issue should surprise no one, except that it is a Catholic hospital that is making the argument.
Here is where we dive into the issue of hypocrisy. Despite the Colorado legalities, this Catholic organization should concede that the twins were living human beings. There is only one reason they would not do so: money. This organization is willing to turn their backs on one of their most sacred beliefs in order that they may save money in the court battle.
This Catholic organization has denied its heart for monetary gain, and in doing so, has sacrificed its values to greed. Hypocrisy is everywhere; in everyone; but it scares me most when an institution based around a core set of values defiles itself for greed. We live in a terrifying world.