Is It Hypocrisy That A Doctor Smokes
My wife and I were driving to church the other day and we spotted a paramedic on break outside his ambulance. My wife commented on the fact that he was smoking and opined on the example he was setting.
“What a hypocrite,” she lamented.
I nodded in agreement then set my thoughts inward on myself wondering if I was a hypocrite in my career.
I am an optician.
Once you see your optometrist, you come to me with your prescription and I set you up with a new pair of glasses and/or contact lenses. I have an interest in ensuring that you get the best vision possible while looking and feeling great in your new glasses.
I instruct you in keeping them scratch-free and the best way to limit returning to me for adjustments. What you would hear from me is:
- off your face and in the case.
- don’t put them in your pocket.
- use a clean, soft cloth and clean them wet if you can.
- don’t use paper towels
- don’t put them face down on a surface.
If you get contact lenses, I make sure they fit well and feel comfortable, and I instruct you how to clean them and take care of them so you don’t end up with an eye infection or worse. What you would hear from me is:
- don’t sleep, shower, or swim with them.
- change the solution in the case every time you wear the contact lenses.
- clean them by gently rubbing them on both sides.
- if using peroxide make sure the acid is completely neutralized or you will burn your eyes.
- do not overwear them.
- do not put your contacts in a dirty case.
I don’t wear contact lenses so there’s no chance for hypocrisy there.
But what about the glasses?
Let’s define what a hypocrite is first:
Hypocrite: one who feigns to be what he is not; one who assumes a false appearance.