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Comment by ray_g on Professing and Cheering · 2007-08-03T00:12:38.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Sounds more to me like the pride of her own personal rebellion against what she perceives as the establishment.

Of course I wasn't there, but in the telling of the story, that is what initially occurred to me.

Comment by ray_g on Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia? · 2007-03-27T04:48:49.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In the eventuality of all things, we can only be judged by our actions. A weakness of will is better than one who would consciously do differently than they had proclaimed, but in the long run, we are what we do.

Think of any time that we have had to rely on someone unreliable. They may have meant well, they may have tried to an extent, but in the long run if the only thing reliable about them is that they will not execute their expected responsibilities, they have somewhere crossed that line to join with the hypocrite.

Hebrew proverbs speak of the “simple” and the “profane.” A simple man is as a piece of property without fences or borders. Any old thing can blow through. A profane man is property that remained simple for so long – that is, without borders or accountability – that the property is just so overgrown and polluted that no one would want it.

There is hope for the simple, while there is none for the profane.

Somewhere along the way, a weakness of will becomes a matter of habitual choice, and there is no more excusing for good intentions.