"There's nothing worse than a self righteous, moralizing hypocrite. "
Can we all agree that there are plenty of things worse than self righteous hypocrites?
People with scary ideologies who are completely consistent are probably worse. As are amoral people who seek only temporal power and authority.
Let me just throw out some world leaders whom we all can agree were not so good people (a list chosen to create minimal tangential controversy):
- Idi Amin
- Papa Doc Duvalier
- Rafael Trujillo
- Ferdinand Marcos
I don't think that any of these people, who collectively have caused huge amounts of human misery, could be accurately assessed as being self-righteous, moralizing hypocrites. To the extent that they said one thing and did another, it was because they personally felt exempt from the rules, or they were just disposed to lie to keep themselves in power.
Furthermore, hypocrisy is a cop-out accusation. It allows the accuser to duck the fact that he likely agrees with either what is said or what is done.
For example, let's say I take a vocal public position against random mass murder of people in restaurants. Then, for reasons unknown, I go to a local restaurant with a machine gun and shoot a lot of people. I am a hypocrite. But there's nothing wrong in my going around and saying that shooting people is bad, whether or not I shoot people. It's my shooting a bunch of people that is morally problematic.
But let's say, instead, that I belong to a religious sect that doesn't believe in reading newspapers. You catch me reading a newspaper. Reading a newspaper is not a horrible thing. There's nothing wrong with doing it, even if I'm not living up to my standards. It's just that my belief is silly and always was. It's, in some respects, intellectually bizarre to fault people for not living up to a moral code you find stupid and pointless.