posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 08:57 AM
reply to post by VegHead
Beg to differ here. Crime rates are high for the poor who are caught and convicted. Crime rates for the wealthy are very high in real life, and they
are usually not caught or convicted. An idiot robbing a grocery store is doing so in full view of cameras. The offices and the clubs of the mighty
either hold their secrets well or, in the case of big tobacco, big sugar, big pharma, etc, their crimes are not considered crimes except by those with
edit on 10-12-2013 by Aleister because: (no reason given)
I hear what you are saying and you make a good point. All crime being equal (that is not differentiating violent crime versus other crimes) might
paint a more even picture.
I remember seeing the original article not that long ago about the type of car that is most likely to be driven aggressively ( in other words, like a
jerk) and it seemed like it was a BMW. I think this was based on traffic violations.
ETA: Here, I found a link describing that study:
People driving luxury cars are more likely to fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and to engage in other unethical, antisocial
behavior, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
I drive a 10-year-old minivan... and I definitely do not drive aggressively. I would never buy a BMW, or any expensive car, because it's just not my
thing. I don't "get" it.
Here is an interesting article on a study that states that associating your car with your identity leads to aggressive driving:
So there is some personality type that is attracted to flaunting displays of wealth, and that same personality type might be good at stepping on
people on the way up a corporate ladder. But there are plenty of "millionaire next door" types who are charitable, loving, and good people and do
not get "turned into jerks" by their money.
But, as someone else referenced biblical text, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven. So
there is truth in the notion that money can and does corrupt people. But I still think this study was done because it really wanted to say money
turns people into jerks... and who could be surprised with this type of sentiment coming from Berkeley?
edit on 10-12-2013 by VegHead because: typo shmypo
edit on 10-12-2013 by VegHead because: found link
10-12-2013 by VegHead because: adding another link.... sorry, I'm done editing, I swear.