"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Of course nobody likes a hypocrite. But the problem is, we're all hypocrites at one little time or another. If that sounds preachy or certainly untrue for you, I apologize for being presumptuous. I remember one of the first times when I found myself in this situation. I was a teenager driving a group of older WCTU (that's Women's Christian Temperance Union) ladies to a meeting in Charleston (WV). They were good-hearted women, fanatical about the evils of alcohol and its place in the downfall of the world. In the hours we were in the car, they kept trying to engage me in their conversations, get my (unwilling) opinion on the matter. It was easier to go along than to argue with four intense 80 year olds. Through the years, I've found myself in similar situations....sometimes I speak up, sometimes I keep the peace. But there is a fine line in there. - Beth Almond Ford