Recently Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California beauty queen was found to have contradicted her Christian values, after pageant officials discovered a solo sex tape, starring her. But this isn't the first time a well known public figure outspoken in support of righteous values has being found to have contradicted his or her moral high ground. As a matter of fact this is so rampant, that it is not a matter of how often the media can find a public figure engaging in hypocrisy, but how well known the culprit is.
In all fairness, at some point in time, everyone has engaged in hypocrisy and sadly there are multiple offenders. So why do we do it? After all, most people can agree that "do as I say, not as I do" is an inefficient way to teach youth. Sure, they will listen to you, but compliance is most likely to take place if you are witnessed and believed to consistently practice what you preach.
Perhaps it has to do with how we process the teachings of our parents and elders? Take for example, the topic of masturbation. If you have been taught that masturbation is bad, immoral and downright sinful, what will your thought process be like if one day you find yourself unable to resist the urge to masturbate? You will be faced with one of two decisions- one, that your parents are wrong on the subject of masturbation, or that you are a bad and immoral person.