Posts Tagged cheating and morality

Reflection and Honesty

Dan Ariely has written a very interesting book entitled, “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How to Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves.” The book attempts to explain how people balance the two forces of being honest and the desire to benefit from dishonesty.

Among his conclusions is that people believe that if they cheat just a little, then they still consider themselves as being honest. For example, if pencils are taken home from the office, that’s O.K., but taking petty cash can’t be justified.

In a setting where free food is available for a private party, it is hard to be the first person who was not invited to the party to partake in some of the free food. However, as … >>>