Originally Posted by Jessica765
I think I disagree with your first two statements and agree with your third.
If you expect other people similarly situated to yourself to behave a certain way, but you do not behave that way, that's hypocritical. E.g.:
- You expect other people in your situation to voluntarily pay more taxes (perhaps by ignoring certain legally permissible deductions and credits), yet you do not voluntarily pay extra taxes and take all of the legally permissible deductions and credits you can.
-You expect other people in your situation to voluntarily get a flu shot, yet you do not do it.
-You expect other people in your situation to follow a legal mandate to pay a certain tax, yet you violate the law and fail to pay it.
On the other hand, wanting the government to impose a legal mandate, but not complying with that legal mandate unless/until it is imposed, is not hypocritical. E.g.:
-You think the mortgage interest tax deduction is bad policy and advocate for it to be abolished, yet until/unless that legal change has happened, you take the deduction when you file your taxes.
-You think the flu shot should be legally mandatory for people in your situation, yet unless/until that legal change has happened, you don't get one. [Note that I think this is unwise, but not hypocritical.]
Things get more complicated when you are talking about people not similarly situated to yourself--e.g., you think people who make more money than you should pay more taxes but you should not, or you think schoolchildren should be mandated to get vaccines but adults should not. But then I think it's less about hypocrisy and more about whether your positions have a rational basis behind them or are just about selfishness.
I took a look at the definition of hypocrisy - here it is:
"a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs."
So, to clarify:
I do not think one is a hypocrit if one thinks high taxes are a good idea, vote for a party that believes as such, but does not voluntarily pay more taxes until a tax hike becomes law. I think there are almost always competing interests here: the knowledge that taxes pay for hospitals, roads, schools, etc, and the real desire to keep ones money, typically to live off of.
There is no significant competing interest in vaccines, though, is there - if you are pro-vax?
If you are pro-vax and want mandates, what do you gain by not vaccinating oneself ahead of said mandates?
Another consideration in whether something is hypocricy or not may come down to how vocal you are on an issue. If you generally think mandates are a good idea for all ages, but it is not your hill to die on, and you spend no time advocating for it, then yeah, I still think you are a hypocrit if you vote for mandates when you yourself were not in compliance with recommendations for years and have no intention to be compliant until you are made to, but it is a small case "h".
OTOH, if you spend time debating vaccines, trying to convince others to vaccinate, but you yourself are not utd (and not just late on the flu shot one year) but consistently not utd, then yes, it is hypocrisy to advocate something that your actions do not support.
Let's say I advocated for less car pollution, publicly supported car-use reduction initiatives, spoke at town hall meetings, blogged about it and even went so far as to call those who rely heavily on cars selfish, stupid, etc, etc... wouldn't it be hypocritical if I regularly drove to the corner store alone in my SUV? (assuming I have no health issues - and even then I could get a hybrid)