Immoral Behavior on the rise as well as religious intolerance
For the 1st time in months, this index has decided to slow down the pace at which it advances, however, it has not pulled back yet but in the last 3 months it has only gained 12 points. It is still at a very high level and as such this means that planned and random acts of terror, violence and war will be on the rise. It also now means that we will start to witness increased amounts of hardships caused indirectly by the effects of war or repression; the situation in Zimbabwe and parts of North Africa are very good illustrations of this point. Expect immoral behaviour to rise to levels never seen before over the course of the next 5 years.
Immoral Behavior and the Adult Index
The Adult index continues to roar to new highs in the last 3 months it tacked on 125 points moving from 1450 to 1575. As we stated many times before these new highs indicate that society is moving into a zone that we have decided to label as the “I am willing to do whatever it takes for money or material gains zone’. One can see this with the increase in reality type shows where the individuals are willing to do whatever it takes to get a shot at fame, even indirectly selling themselves in shows such as the bachelor or the bachelorette. The story below quite clearly explains this new trend
A “brothel bus” that detectives said cruised Miami Beach offering lap dances and drinks has taken its last ride, police said on Wednesday. Riders were offered oral sex for $100, according to Miami Beach police who impounded the limousine bus and arrested its operator early on Sunday. The sleek black bus cruised the South Beach neighbourhood popular among tourists and club-goers, offering rides and unlimited drinks for $40. Aboard, undercover detectives said they found a fully stocked bar and several young women who stripped down to reveal G-strings stuffed with cash and offered to perform sex acts. Full Story.
The sleek black bus cruised the South Beach neighbourhood popular among tourists and club-goers, offering rides and unlimited drinks for $40. Aboard, undercover detectives said they found a fully stocked bar and several young women who stripped down to reveal G-strings stuffed with cash and offered to perform sex acts. Full Story.
More examples of this change in attitude can be found in the news sections; read the story titled “entire life sold for 192,000 pounds and single mom selling home and heart on the internet”.
The psychology of Immoral behavior
Over the past couple of decades, psychologists have documented many different ways that our minds fail to see what is directly in front of us. They’ve come up with a concept called “bounded ethicality”: That’s the notion that cognitively, our ability to behave ethically is seriously limited, because we don’t always see the ethical big picture.
One small example: the way a decision is framed. “The way that a decision is presented to me,” says Tenbrunsel, “very much changes the way in which I view that decision, and then eventually, the decision it is that I reach.”
Essentially, Tenbrunsel argues, certain cognitive frames make us blind to the fact that we are confronting an ethical problem at all.
Tenbrunsel told us about a recent experiment that illustrates the problem. She got together two groups of people and told one to think about a business decision. The other group was instructed to think about an ethical decision. Those asked to consider a business decision generated one mental checklist; those asked to think of an ethical decision generated a different mental checklist.
Tenbrunsel next had her subjects do an unrelated task to distract them. Then she presented them with an opportunity to cheat. Full Story
Unethical Behavior Is it the Same as Immoral Beahvior
“…have seen all sorts of bad corporate behavior, both accounting and operational, induced by the desire of management to meet Wall Street expectations. What starts as an ‘innocent’ fudge in order to not disappoint ‘the Street’ — say, trade-loading at quarter-end, turning a blind eye to rising insurance losses, or drawing down a ‘cookie-jar’ reserve — can become the first step toward full-fledged fraud.”
Buffett’s note is important because it’s really about the majority of us: neither saints nor criminals but well-meaning leaders who sometimes fail to consult their moral compass while speeding ahead in a landscape full of tripwires and pitfalls. For that majority, moral leadership is not simply a question of acting in good or bad faith. It is about navigating the vast space in between.
So how do you know when you, or your team, is on the road to an ethical lapse? Here’s more on how to identify omnipotence, cultural numbness, and justified neglect in yourself and on your team, and a few tips on fighting each dynamic: Full Story
The Dark Side of Going Abroad
Because of the unprecedented pace of globalization, foreign experiences are increasingly common and valued. Past research has focused on the benefits of foreign experiences, including enhanced creativity and reduced intergroup bias. In contrast, the present work uncovers a potential dark side of foreign experiences: increased immoral behavior.
We propose that broad foreign experiences (i.e., experiences in multiple foreign countries) foster not only cognitive flexibility but also moral flexibility. Using multiple methods (longitudinal, correlational, and experimental), 8 studies (N > 2,200) establish that broad foreign experiences can lead to immoral behavior by increasing moral relativism-the belief that morality is relative rather than absolute.
The relationship between broad foreign experiences and immoral behavior was robust across a variety of cultural populations (anglophone, francophone), life stages (high school students, university students, MBA students, middle-aged adults), and 7 different measures of immorality. As individuals are exposed to diverse cultures, their moral compass may lose some of its precision. (PsycINFO Database Record. NCBI
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