The Hypocrisy Foundation is a collection of stories I wrote while in a state of psychosis. The first story “The Hypocrisy Foundation” revolves around a man, who I serendipitously name “Dr. Harris”, who is working on a theory that will change the world. The theory is made to explain why some people are rich, some people are poor and some people are in the midst of war. He comes to a realization after watching t.v. that famous people are fake and then develops a chart explaining that the more famous a person is, the more hypocritical they are, while the less famous they are, the less hypocritical.
I came up with the idea for this story when I was in the worst of the throes of my psychosis. Before I became an author, my suffering was tremendous, and I was maltreated by many. I eventually saw all famous people to be hypocritical, partly because others saw them as not. The scene in which the scientist (Dr. Harris) turns on the television and sees Sensitive White Man’s new single, “I’m so sensitive, be mine” and “Tough White Rapper.” “Deep Philosophical Rock Star” as a play on their portrayed characters as opposed to their real artist names, I either saw in a dream, or I saw it in a movie. I can’t remember which movie, but I think I saw it in one. Otherwise it was in a dream I had.
The theme behind the story, is not necessarily to say that famous people are hypocritical, nor is it to say they are not. But rather the theme is an expression of my loathing of the famous while I was in an immense amount of suffering (in mental illness).
In the story, Dr. Harris approaches his team of sociologists with his new theory and they agree that they will convey this theory with the world with hope of creating empathy for the poor. “By developing this theory, people will empathize with the poor”. Yet they have another plan: making money and winning the Nobel prize and becoming famous while being worshipped by everyone.
The sociologists ask, “Wait a minute, don’t people realize that we are being contradictory here, that we are ourselves are famous and are saying that famous people are hypocritical?” By which they respond, “Haven’t you heard of the double deception? We will just admit we’ve been hypocritical without believing for a second (after which they all laugh).”
Believe it or not, this part of the story was derived painfully from my psychosis. For many years, I believed I was a hypocrite and obsessed about it day and night to the point I couldn’t do anything at all. When my family would tell me I’m not a hypocrite: “Hypocrites don’t say they are.” I’d respond, “I’m deceiving you to think I’m not.” Thus, the double deception (or illogical thinking, you could say).
The Drummers, the second story in the book, is about a village of drummers that play music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I got the idea of the story from the Islamic tradition. There is an early saying in Islamic history that states: “Singing makes hypocrisy to grow in the heart as water makes plants to grow.” I grew with an Islamic upbringing, and studied Islamic texts, jurisprudence, the Qur’an, history, hadith (events about the Prophet’s life) literature, attended mosque quite regularly. There is an opinion in the Islamic tradition which states that music is forbidden, which I have often been questioned by Americans interested in Islam as to why that is so, although the opinion that music is not forbidden is there as well.
The theme of the story is about how the suffering are ignored, while society plays and listens to music. Now, others have interpreted the story also to mean that it is a commentary on society at large: the industrial revolution, capitalism, consumerism, etc.
I got the idea for the story, not simply from Islamic tradition but from personal experience. Photography and music interplayed with my own suffering in mental illness, gave me a feeling of neglect, misunderstanding and insensitivity.
The third story, Catching Johns, I wrote someone as a joke. The line first reads, “The first man that tried to come and take advantage of woman today, his name was John. “ it’s about a Police Officer that boasts to his lover(assumingly his wife) about his successes in catching men who go to prostitutes. All the men are revealed to be disabled. The police officer returns to his lover with a surprise ending.
These three stories are present in the paperback edition. Another story is present in the kindle edition:
The Island of Hypocrisy has mired some controversy. I wrote this story after hearing the religious being defamed as hypocritical often, mainly due to sexual issues. Yet, I felt that this was often an attack to justify extra-marital relations. The story makes a comparison between homosexuality and post-pubescent marriages (between a man and girl, or cousin marriages). The idea for the story is that such marriages were deemed completely normal for most of human history and till this day in many parts of the world. Homosexuality, on the other hand, is completely against religion, reason and nature. My point is not to argue that such marriages should occur today, but rather my point is to say that homosexual marriage is not right and that what are known as “child marriages” (marriages between adults and post-pubescent individuals) in many parts of the world are actually more normal.
Title: The Hypocrisy Foundation
Author: Gabriel Bacopa
Genre: Short Stories, Satire, Social Commentary
5 stories centered around the theme of hypocrisy.
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Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” “The most prescient author of the 21st century.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.
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