My biggest pet peeve ever is when someone or something comes off as a blatant hypocrite, and over my last four years in high school, I’ve really noticed how true it is that everyone at some point is a hypocrite.
A hypocrite is someone who preaches one thing, but does something totally different. For example, if I were to tell my friend that I hated them for kissing my ex boyfriend, but I did the same thing to her, that would make me a hypocrite. It just really seems lately that everyone seems to be trying to find “who they are” as a person in their final year of high school, and by doing that, they are subtly critisizing who they used to be by using hypocracy.
I’ll give you a recent example. One of my very best friends used to be so quiet the past three years of school, but she had a darker side to her. Deep down she was very insecure, and really talked badly about people which I think helped her cope. Recently, (I don’t know if it’s just this year that has changed her attitude, but) she was about someone who she used to be close friends with, complimenting them and talking about how much they loved their attitude, etc. Later on in the day, we started talking about it again, and I called her out on what she had said and told her that I thought she didn’t used to like that person.. She directly told me, “I don’t talk about people like that, I don’t really care about people who shit talk”. It really threw me off that she said that, because she was the exact opposite of who she used to be not even two years ago.
I know sometimes people don’t mean to be hypocritical, sometimes they just forget. But I really think that hypocracy is used a lot like a tool for changing yourself. You know how it takes 21 days to make a habit? The more people tell themselves something that may be the exact opposite of what they think of themselves, the more it sticks to your brain, and the more hypocritical it makes you seem. Deep down, yes, we are all hypocrites inside. We may think sometimes, “oh, I’m a pretty nice person”, or “I don’t think I’ve ever really been rude”, when really at some point in time, we probably were those things. It’s just a major pet peeve that I have when people directly act like hypocrites. I think what part of makes a person a good person is when they are able to admit their faults.