Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dark Revelations of the Top One Percent

By Anthony W. Orlando, Looking for cheats? Don't look at the poor:

"In writing my new book Letter to the One Percent, I found a consistent pattern in the research literature. Psychologists have conducted many experiments on the rich and the poor, and they've found that the rich are less likely to have empathy for other human beings. They're more likely to break the rules and feel that they've earned the right to do so. They're less likely to think of the moral consequences of their actions, especially when money is involved, and they're more likely to put their own needs ahead of others'. The notion that the poor are uniquely morally deficient, it turns out, is completely backward. They're actually more virtuous, on average, than the rich." (Read the entire post and find good examples)

By Elyssa Kirkham, Does Wealth Create Greed?

"Dr. Leon F. Seltzer, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology, wrote in Psychology Today that the pursuit of wealth can be addicting for the rich: “Their ‘mega-fortune quest’ really has no end point. They won’t be able to name the definitive ‘millionth’ or ‘billionth’ that, finally, will do it for them. They can’t because the means by which they reap their riches has itself become the end.”

And as the wealthy get wealthier, each million does seem easier to come by as the resources they can use to chase after wealth increase. But this imbalance has widened greatly to a precipitous point — “almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population,” according to a report from British humanitarian group Oxfam International.

Social class is a predictor for unethical behavior, concluded a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The authors of the paper analyzed seven different studies and found “that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals.”

They “were more likely to break the law while driving,” “more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies, take valued goods from others, lie in a negotiation, cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize, and endorse unethical behavior at work than were lower-class individuals.'"

David Callahan, Why the Rich Don't Think They're Rich, and Why It Matters:

"As I've written here often, many affluent Americans are totally clueless about just how little money most people make in this country -- since all the people they know went to college and are making at least mid- to high-five figures. Would affluent Americans think differently about inequality if they knew that 60 percent of Americans make under $35,000 a year? Maybe. It's worth finding out by bringing more attention to the basic facts of who makes what, and who's rich."

Most of these top one percenters don't give a $hit about the poor, the lower-class, the working-class, the middle-class, or any other class but their own elitist class of blood suckers—because they have no "class" at all. They, with their untold greed, are deliberately making humanity miserable. And when their time comes, they will pay for it horrifically in the after-life—for all of eternity.

1 comment:

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