Beware Hypocrite

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This poem challenges the self-righteous to recognize their errors and become humble.

Submitted: April 28, 2008

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Submitted: April 28, 2008




Take heed, you who loudly proclaim your tolerance,

while rallying so vehemently against the haters.

Oh, you strut and bluster, and pretend your intentions are noble.

Verily, we say unto you:

To be tolerant, you must tolerate the intolerant and the intolerable.

By hating the hater, you, too become a hater.

So, be not too proud of your sanctimony.

You are far worse

than those who proudly proclaim their intolerance.

And your ultimate fate shall be far worse

than that which awaits those whose hate remains unmasked.

The great irony is that, in the meantime,

their malice will reap less harm than shall yours.

Must you constantly be reminded?

The end can never justify the means,

two wrongs will never add up to anything even half right.

Alas, you ever resort to force to seek Evil’s destruction.

But your folly always fails,

except to replace one brand of Evil with another.

Do you not remember how the martyrs conquered Rome?

They never stormed her ramparts.

Nor did they ever sweep through her ranks on chargers.

None of them ever rioted in protest

or marched through the streets shouting demands.

No—they testified and prayed, endured hardship and terror,

clung to their faith, and bled for the sake of their tormentors.

For they knew: Vanity’s devices are futile,

its inevitable fate is doom.

Only light can banish darkness,

only love can vanquish hate.

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