Yes, I know what day it is. 🙂

I considered delaying this, but all the reasons to wait were bad ones.

Pleasantry in the name of love is easy to accept, even when it’s insincere. Harsh truth is almost always resisted, even if given truly in love. We go so far as to claim that love cannot be harsh, wrongly blaming the harshness we feel on the truth-teller. Once felt, we rarely bother to question its true source.

Why post something “negative” on Valentine’s Day? Because I awoke at 5:30 AM this morning and it came to me then. I assume there was a reason for that. Besides, if it’s lost on you because my timing seems irksome, you probably need to hear it more than you think.

I wish you all the love in the world today. Even if I didn’t, it’s already yours. It has already been given to you. You are loved.


Faced with love, you question beliefs. Hypocrite.

Faced with truth, you condemn the messenger. Hypocrite.

Surrounded by suffering, you fault the sufferers. Hypocrite.

Claiming the cure, you make the sick seek you out, then force or connive them to pay.


You extol the virtues of service and sacrifice while defending principles of self-interest.
You claim to be strong in a world that you paint as a dangerous place.
You claim to care but can only trust with difficulty.
You pretend to know God or Good while fearing the power of people.

And in spite of all this, you refuse to grieve. Instead, you say it can’t be otherwise.



About Millard J. Melnyk

Motley past, promising future exploring an open, potent understanding of mutuality, individual dignity and personal power through trust. DEAUTHORITARIANIZE EVERYTHING!
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2 Responses to Hypocrite

  1. David Brown says:

    Millard…your Valentine was awesome..thanks…you exposed the Laodician Church. Happy Valentines…David

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