Beware most of those who claim to be honest. No examples to follow here!
Politics and Economists. Residents often have no clue how much their leaders lie. This, especially among intellectuals conditioned to reason detached from reality (“abstract thinking”). Manual laborers and women are often harder to fool. In dictatorships without a free press, the charade will be worse. But, don’t misjudge how much in full democracies they are fooling the public with backroom deals rooted in bribes and nepotism.
Law. Most people are law-abiding. Most leaders are not. They feel entitled. Besides, forget about any connection between justice and law. Study the history of the powers that be to understand whom laws try to protect.
Religion and Creed. Their scriptures likely are ideologically and righteously top of the bill. Yet, many leaders use elbow grease and an old-boys network and are highly motivated by an appetite for extra food, sex, and money. The religious are often pure and honest. The leaders often are not.
Arts and Science. People may be great artists and scientists. That does not guarantee at all any moral superiority. In extreme cases, instead of saying: hate the sin, love the sinner, I would say: love the art, hate the artist.
TV and Internet. Stop believing virtual hype and propaganda. Idols are for idolatry. Even (or: especially) great ‘saints’ often have very large closets to fit in all the skeletons and all the cakes they wanted to have and eat.
Police. Leaders of those paid to root out injustice and theft unfortunately are not above suspicion. A free press must follow them closely.
Press. Journalists are often honest and idealistic. Their bosses often are not. They censor until the message confirms their political leanings.
Parents. Every one of them an amateur. Some of us natural talents. Most of us know only what we did wrong by the time we turn grandparents. Yet, my father used to say: ‘Most children turn out fine despite their parents.’ If you are honest and alone raise a child, you add an always reliable person.
Most suspect the most charming/praised. Good wine doesn’t need laurels.
To each of these rules are exceptions—confirming them. But they are most rare. The Sages warn: The greater the Soul, the greater the body.
Stop being so naïve. If you really want to attach yourself to a fit, great role model, best try with G^d. Contrary to popular opinion, He can’t be bribed.
In honor of my new grand-daughter Tovah-Aviva and her parents.