We've all suspected the results of this study. Everyone's been cut off by that $80,000 Audi or Mercedes. And, of course, if you've paid any attention at all to the culture and political cold war going on in our society, it's plain as the middle-to-lower class nose on your face: The rich are schmucks.
According to a study just released by Bloomberg:
Wealthy More Likely to Lie, Cheat
“Are society’s most noble actors found within society’s nobility?”
That question spurred Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, to explore whether higher social class is linked to higher ideals, he said in a telephone interview.
The answer Piff found after conducting seven different experiments is: no. The pursuit of self-interest is a “fundamental motive among society’s elite, and the increased want associated with greater wealth and status can promote wrongdoing,” Piff and his colleagues wrote yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The “upper class,” as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, the research found. The solution, Piff said, is to find a way to increase empathy among wealthier people.Let me repeat that: rich people are more likely to take candy from children. Or, metaphorically speaking, the wealthy right wingers (and many democrats) in Congress are only too happy to deny assistance to those in need. This, I believe, explains everything.
|ALL YOUR "SWEETS" ARE BELONG TO US.|
(sources: opensecrets.org and fanpop)
More on the study's methods that revealed how the wealthy are challenged when it comes to ethics, but not so much when it comes to being selfish pricks: