Among my favoritest of people are those who embrace a liberal lifestyle only when it’s convenient for them and shun it when it isn’t.
I, for one, am not perfect. Yes, I know it’s hard for everyone to believe, but it’s true. Time and time again I have held unsubstantial concepts, or for semantics sake: I now believe that the concepts I once held about certain things were not exactly logical. As long as someone is willing to explain to me why they believe that something I think or do is wrong, I’m willing to listen. The biggest perk, as well as the definition, of being liberal is being open minded to everything. Even to conservatism.
When someone explains to me their disagreement with a position I hold, without using the phrases “people will think” (which is a condition epidemic to the Indian Subcontinent also known as “what-will-people-think-itis“, etymology coined by the brilliant Urooj Zia) and “this is the way it has always been“, I am more than willing to embrace the idea of listening to them.
Honestly, there is no reason to be against tradition unless it’s an impediment to contentment and progress. “This is the way it has always been” should be a guiding force, not an imprisonment. Once the tradition loses practical purpose and begins to cause more loss than gain, it needs to be reconsidered. Mark twain once said something about customs:
“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it”
This applies to almost everything we do under the “tradition” umbrella. Let’s suppose it’s still passable. Once, however, whatwillpeoplethinkitis emerges at the horizon, you have lost your argument. What you’re basically saying is that if no one found out about it, it would be acceptable even by the people’s own narrow minded and corrupt standards. By all means, that is how we (me and you both) define hypocrisy in the real world.
The truth is, a nation of hypocrites is what we have become.
There is still some hope for us though! It is never too late to give up on our life long commitment to imbecility. The cloak of religion can only take us so far before logic yanks it off and reveals a mortifying, dissoluted skeleton of sanctimony and self-righteousness. Then you die.