Crime hypothetical

Re: Crime hypothetical

Postby Mikey » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:29 pm

GrahamKennedy wrote:I don't know that it would be something I would think. I mean, my main reason for obeying the law isn't that I'm scared of getting caught, it's rather that I agree with most laws. Under this system everybody can essentially have a single freebie - you can murder somebody, knowing that the only real consequence is that you'll never want to do it again. And yet... even so, I can't imagine myself murdering somebody because of that.

I feel the same way - I've had numerous opportunities in the past to commit larceny, both small and large, as well as assorted more heinous crimes with which I was pretty much assured of "getting away with." What stopped me was my own compass, not fear of getting caught. However, I unfortunately don't believe that this is what's true of most of the populace for most crimes, even ones beyond the niggling trifles like parking violations.

GrahamKennedy wrote:t's possible that my emotions would overwhelm my beliefs, I suppose.

That's more than possible with most people, it's likely... especially without the mitigating presence of a tangible punishment.
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Re: Crime hypothetical

Postby Graham Kennedy » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:41 pm

Emotionally speaking I tend to be a lot colder than most people (and I'm not at all sure that's a good thing). I don't know that I would be that cold, though.
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Re: Crime hypothetical

Postby Deepcrush » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:10 pm

Mikey wrote:Exactly my earlier point.

At some point I'm looking forward to an answer too. :lol:
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