Why the doctrine of double standards will never work in real lifeWe have repeatedly seen what it takes to be ethical in life. The lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other great leaders of that generation still inspire us. Unfortunately, we do not have such leaders today.
However, those who profess something and do something totally opposite will neve be appreciated in life, by the public and even by one's family. We have instances where some great people talk about democratic values but virtually hunt someone who does not fall in line, in the print or electronic media. Such leaders also talk about transparency but will create trusts where they will cleverly ensure that the money received or spent will never ever be known to the public.
We keep on hearing about such horror stories. Even within our own families, it does pay to be consistent and not have double standards. For example, it is stupid to talk about corruption in the public domain, but quietly abuse official powers to take bribes. Such short-sighted approaches to life will only lead us to disaster.
The sooner we understand the wider implications of double standards, the better. The least that we all can and should do, is to lead honest lives, pay all our taxes and pray God that He will take care of us.