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Survey shows prisoners are kinder and more trustworthy than everyone else. Or so they think
The Telegraph ^ | January 10th, 2014 | Tim Stanley

Posted on 01/10/2014 6:05:29 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota

Who knew that thieves, murderers and rapists were such lovely people? A survey of 79 prisoners by brainy swots at the University of Southampton has found that inmates regard themselves as morally superior to the rest of the population. Or at least "kinder" and "more trustworthy". Certainly politer. "Excuse me, good sir – would you mind terribly picking up that bar of soap I just dropped on the shower floor?"

The vagabonds and public nuisances were asked to rate themselves on nine character attributes: moral, kind, trustworthy, honest, dependable, compassionate, generous, self-controlled and law-abiding. Incredibly, they rated themselves as better than people on the outside on all of those traits – with one small exception. They reckoned they were a bit less "law-abiding". Well, going to prison for robbing a bank is probably going to do some damage to your self-esteem.

Nevertheless, the majority of hardcases reckoned that if they were released tomorrow then they would certainly go straight. Although government statistics show that 44 per cent of them re-offend. Perhaps it's the bad influence of all those unkind, dishonest, ungenerous law-abiders on the outside world. Yeah, I mean you – you dreadful lot. Especially the old grannies with their five pound notes miserly tucked away in their purses that are just calling out to be stolen…

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: justification
Ran across this today and thought how it fits Dim's and the Obama Administration to a tee.

They believe they are morally superior, and that superiority gives them the right to perform heinous acts.

After all, they're doing it for a 'higher' good.

The human capacity for self-justification...

1 posted on 01/10/2014 6:05:29 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota
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To: LucianOfSamasota
"Excuse me, good sir – would you mind terribly picking up that bar of soap I just dropped on the shower floor?"

*snort*

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2 posted on 01/10/2014 6:09:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Probably evidence of the mental malfunction that got them there in the first place.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 6:31:45 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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“Excuse me, good sir – would you mind terribly picking up that bar of soap I just dropped on the shower floor?”

They have the manners of Judith Martin as long as they are not killing or raping anyone.


4 posted on 01/10/2014 6:39:56 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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But the problem is that they BELIEVE they are morally superior.

Anytime people create their own moral standard, rather than submitting to the absolute standard set by God, they invariably judge themselves worthy. Since their standard is subjective, they can take one moral position when it justifies them, and later shamelessly take the opposite side of the same moral argument when better suits their interests, e.g. When you lie to me, it is wrong. But when I lie to you, it is justified.

Outside of God’s absolute standard, people do not judge themselves guilty. When the Third Reich came crashing down Hitler believed the German people HAD FAILED HIM, not the converse.

So when Obama or Clinton lie, cheat, steal, defraud their neighbor, bear false witness, accuse the brethren, etc., they continue to flaunt airs of moral superiority, and honestly (sic) believe they are the offended party.


5 posted on 01/10/2014 6:59:20 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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Bingo!


6 posted on 01/10/2014 7:07:07 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Why not! Hell, anything goes anymore.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 7:56:34 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Morgana
They have the manners of Judith Martin as long as they are not killing or raping anyone.
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net ]
When a felon's not engaged in his employment
Or maturing his felonious little plan
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is just as great as any honest man
Our feelings we with difficulty smother
When constabulary duties to be done
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

When the enterprising burglar's not a-burgling
When the cutthroat isn't occupied in crime
He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling
And listen to the merry village chime
When the coster's finished jumping on his mother
He loves to lie a-basking in the sun
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

When the drunkard shows no sign of where the drink went
He nobly bids all alchohol farewell
When the juvenile delinquent to the clink went
He hung his mother's picture in his cell
When the cardshark's finished wiping out his brother
He buys a rattle for his little son
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance

8 posted on 01/10/2014 10:39:19 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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