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Rich People up to Four Times as Likely to Lie, Cheat or Steal than Poor

17 Jul

Results consistent in over 30 studies.

Is this rich person’s predilection for unethical behavior new?  Or does it explain why the Christ warned 20 centuries ago that, “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24

Is there something about wealth that brings out the worst in almost all of us? When Job lost everything, did it make him a better man by making him more appreciative of the plight of the poor?

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Ethics, Lies, Money, Values, Video

 

6 responses to “Rich People up to Four Times as Likely to Lie, Cheat or Steal than Poor

  1. Martens

    July 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    “Is there something about wealth that brings out the worst in almost all of us?”

    This would be one way to interpret the study results.

    Or, it could be that wealth is a symptom, not a cause, of what is worst in us.

    “Behind every great fortune is a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac

    As to Job being reduced to poverty, the purpose of this was to test his virtue, not improve it.

     
  2. Anthony Clifton

    July 18, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Kings and Priests….?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Job

    poor ?

    http://web.archive.org/web/20020421035034/http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/08-18-01/opening_5.asp

    “A group of American business and political leaders are building a pro-Israel media “war room” in Washington, D.C. The group will be called “Emet”—which in Hebrew means “truth.” Emet will try to address biased media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also make the case that the conflict, while serious and important, pales in comparison to the larger geo-strategic threat posed to the United States and the West by Iran and Iraq, both of whom are trying to build and/or acquire weapons of mass destruction.

    http://forward.com/articles/180676/samantha-power-vows-to-defend-israel-at-un/

    Funding Emet is Leonard Abramson; he sold U.S. Healthcare to Aetna in the mid-1990s for $8.9 billion. Abramson has recruited a powerful board of directors, including Bernie Marcus, founder of Home Depot; Les Wexner, founder of The Limited; Edgar Bronfman Sr., who once owned Seagram’s; and Lou Ranieri, a major Wall Street player who now co-owns one of Israel’s largest banks. Also joining the board are Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, and Jack Kemp.

    http://www.apostolic.edu/biblestudy/files/9th-com.htm

     
  3. Yartap

    July 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Power corrupts absolutely! Money does not corrupt, but rather, the LOVE of money corrupts. Once, one has all the money in the world, what does he want after that? Answer: POWER! And PRIVILEGE!

     
    • Martens

      July 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      There are indeed people who effectively have “all the money in the world”.

      They control the printing presses of the central banking cartel, and they already have more money than the total value of things available to buy. Their reservoir of money is so deep, in fact, that they can afford to throw away mountains of it to significantly suppress the price of gold on all the world’s markets for years on end. More money is useless to them.

      So what are they after? Power.

      And you can bet that, in their quest for power, they have used their effectively unlimited supply of money to take over the main players in the commercial world at every strategic point of control. Basic logic tells you this is one of the first things someone in their position would do.

       
  4. tim

    July 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Very interesting, I have heard about this time and time again. I believe I have experienced this with myself during my lifetime, both sides of the coin.

     
  5. Richard

    July 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    The study cited in the article supports the fact that money can’t buy class. My experience with rich people, almost without exception, proves that rich people are driven by ego, and lack spirit. They will use and abuse you as long as you allow.

    I have also found that rich people don’t have a clue about health and nutrition. Rich people also experience sickness frequently because they are focusing all their efforts on staying rich which is apparantly quite stressful.

     

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