I was gonna conclude my great debate with Earl about hypocrisy, by comparing deontology with virtue ethics.
In the first example, there are considered to be hard-and-fast rules against certain things that can’t be altered or minimized. I think Earl prefers this view of things. Thou shalt not divorce and remarry is closer to F=ma than it is to advice your granddaddy gave. It’s something one can’t get away from.
I prefer the position of Aristotle, who held out the hope of redemption by casting ethical rules as contextual and based in the situation. Don’t lie may be a good general rule to live by, but if ever there comes a time when Earl is hiding in my basement, and his incipient murderer is asking where he can be found, I’ll probably shrug my shoulders, and suggest the killer try the next block.