I think hypocrites have gotten a bad rep. What's the deal? If we all tried to behave as we expect others to, we'd hemorrhage. It's good to have high standards, but let's be realistic. Me? I'm a born again hypocrite. I embrace it. When people point accusing fingers and utter that word, I beam and embrace it. Hypocrite. Yes.
If you explore the etymology of the word you'll find it to be Middle English derived from Old French. According to the online dictionary, it means someone pretending to be something he is not. Another source added that it came from the Greek hypokrites, meaning "actor on the stage, pretending".
So ultimately, the greatest hypocrite is the greatest actor, and quite frankly, the best hypocrite is he who goes undiscovered. Perhaps the vile reception given to hypocrisy is that people don't like to be deceived. Really? I mean, Really? I think people adore deception, it frees them from responsibility and allows them to continue along a path without confronting behaviors and issues they might otherwise deal with. So perhaps they should embrace the hypocrite. Or perhaps they should embrace their inner hypocrite.
As Groucho Marx once said: "These are my principles...if you don't like them, I have others."