I recently read about a social experiment to test how honest people are.
Check out this scenario
Supposing you come across a wallet in the street containing cash and the owner’s contact details.
if you find a stranger’s purse on the road with the address of the owner inside the purse togetherwith some cash in it, would you return that money to the owner.?
If that money is very significant to you will that influence how you would act?
Here Is The Link to that social experiment. By the way Reader’s Digest conducted a similar experiment some years back.
Someone wondered aloud,
I wonder if the more affluent are more honest than the poorer folks, or vice versa?🤔
Any correlation between wealth level and (dis)honesty level?
Your honesty level depends more on your moral compass than financial status.
Just like there are dishonest people among the poor you also have honest people among the rich and vice versa, and every other combination.
I don’t really think there’s a connection.
But you need a certain attitude to money to be rich or poor. It is said that to be really rich you have to crave money passionately. That’s how the rich got rich to start with. But many poor people really don’t desire money, so that percolates into how they handle / treat money and financial matters.
Would affluence level not then have some bearing in restraining the tendencies to cut corners in acquiring money,?
I think attitudes to money, and maybe -survival -could color how we see money. Money is often a matter of life and death for some, so the possibility is there to act in a way that is incongruent with our core beliefs, with situations making us act that way.
Also, you don’t value what you have (in abundance). The reverse is also true.
Some of our politicians who get into power have the best interest of the country at heart initially, but when they get exposed to a level of money that they have never handled before they derail.
For somebody who has money in abundance and that money is no real object to, the way he thinks about money would differ markedly from someone who realizes that every currency (should) counts and you should get the best value possible from money, and that the paucity of money could make all the difference between life and death .
A youngster raised where there was an overabundance of money would easily return a purse containing what he considers chicken _change…it doesn’t necessarily mean he is honest.
Would the one who hasn’t had a decent mean in a week have that attitude? It doesn’t mean he is intrinsically dishonesty either. Could just be the vicissitudes of lifee playing havoc with his “moral compass”.
How much of “moral compass” , is really working on these two scenarios?
My position on this matter is that the way you act may not necessarily reflect your innermost convictions. A moral compass can be damaged by external forces that may make you act in ways that are not in tandem with your core personality or beliefs.
Interestingly, there are people who perpetually wonder where their next meal would come from being more honest, compassionate and generous than the more affluent.
Many surveys discover that those who give the most to charities aren’t the always the wealthiest of society, or even middle class. Many rich people who give actually often do so for tax breaks purposes.
A greedy person will be greedy, a kind person will be kind and a dishonest fellow will be dishonest.
But may externally act in a way different from their core beliefs, depending on circumstances.
The robe doesn’t always make the monk, and appearances can be deceptive.