Monday, April 4, 2011 6:15 AM

Your "Special and Deserving" Cheating Heart

Monday, April 4, 2011 6:15 AM
Monday, April 4, 2011 6:15 AM

Here is an excerpt from an article that gives insight into the heart of man. The Bible tells us that man is incapable of judging his own heart…the study certainly proves the truth of the Bible. This article is talking about tax cheats, but goes on to show that these same cheats also cheat on other things. The most interesting part is that these same cheats see themselves as good people and deserve their gains gotten from cheating.

 Many cheaters try to justify their behavior. Far more tax cheats said they are 'overall better people' and that they are 'special and deserve to be treated that way', compared to the people who said they don't cheat.

 And it's not just taxes that they are dishonest about. Their willingness to cheat is not limited to their taxes but spans a wide range of situations and behavior where they are looking to get away with something," said James Lou, U.S. chief strategist at DDB.

 While 73% of cheaters admitted to working a job under the table, only 20% of non-cheaters did. Self-proclaimed cheaters are also much more likely to keep the wrong change given to them by a cashier, to ask a friend to pretend to be a former boss for a reference check and to lie about their income to qualify for government aid.

 Many of them also said they would wear an outfit once and return it, file false insurance claims, keep money they see someone drop on the floor, or lie about finding something inappropriate in their food just to get a free meal. Tax cheaters are even more likely to steal money from a child. The survey found that while only 3% of non-cheaters would ever take money from their child's piggy bank, 28% of cheaters said they would.

 "While it's understandable that no one likes to pay taxes, we were surprised to find that tax cheaters' overall willingness to engage in other unethical and illegal behavior is perhaps justified simply by their belief that they are special and deserve special treatment," said Lou. (AP Blake Ellis)

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