P.I. Columnist Chi-Dooh Li recently wrote about "arrogance and infallibility" referring to New York former governor Eliot Spitzer and others. In discussing hypocrisy, Li referred to Shake speare’s measure for Measure. The play involves a character, Angelo, who rigidly enforces morality laws while secretly carrying on in an immoral way. It does have some wonderful lines about hypocrisy:
"O, what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!"
Again, in Act III Shakespeare writes:
"The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two, Guiltier than him they try."
The self righteous are painful to be around. They are proud of their high standards of morality and ready to point out the immorality of everyone else. They wear their self righteousness like a suit a clothes and almost always end up being exposed as having "feet of clay." The truly moral, good people are kind and compassionate. You recognize them by their kindness and readiness to help others. Save me from the self righteous of this world.