So after some personal reflection and constructive conversation with a friend, I came to the conclusion that I’m a hypocrite. I actually struggled to fall asleep the other night because I realised that there are such gaping flaws in the way I think I act and the way I actually act. My previous post was on the logic of being a vegetarian. I may look harshly on someone who denies the facts of the benefits to self and society of a veggie diet, just like I judge someone who smokes, for various reasons. But there are other similar things in my life which I don’t do, but know I should, or visa versa. Which means I am a hypocrite. I also know that the reason we do these things is quite simple. We engage in ‘risky’ behaviour because we do not see the immediate consequences of those behaviours. Or we do not do positive behaviours because the consequences are not immediately visible. I have been trying for the past 8 years to lose weight. I am still not 1kg closer to my goal, even though I have tried, and tried, and tried. What’s my problem? Whatever exercise I do today will have zero visible effect. Denying myself that chocolate is not going to make me lighter on the scale tomorrow. It is exactly the same reasoning as someone saying that the steak on his plate is not going to kill him, or have any effect on saving the planet. It seems there is work to be done.