Hypocrisy is unavoidable in modern life. All but the most careful people will eventually contradict themselves, and nearly everyone holds others to higher standards than they hold themselves–it’s just human nature. I don’t necessarily believe that the disguising of one’s feelings is hypocrisy.

If everyone openly displayed their feelings and was completely, brutally honest, I hate to think of what the world would be like. If I thought a woman was ugly as a warthog, I’d tell her when she asked. If I was in a lousy mood, I’d make sure everyone knew. (‘How are you doing?’ ‘Lousy, you goddamn piece of crap. Piss off and leave me alone.’).

That’s not hypocrisy.

Hiding one’s feelings isn’t always best, but it does serve a purpose, and more importantly, it’s not a contradiction that others can see. I could be smiling on the outside and sullen on the inside, but who could tell? People could guess, but I would rarely, if ever, state my true feelings if I was hiding them.