Are more poor people dishonest attempting to get ahead or rich people attempting

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  1. Express10 profile image83
    Express10posted 12 years ago

    Are more poor people dishonest attempting to get ahead or rich people attempting to gain?

  2. mattforte profile image88
    mattforteposted 12 years ago

    Neither. Dishonesty lies at the core of your being. If you are a dishonest person who happens to be poor, then the former will be true. However, if you are a dishonest person who has been lucky (or dishonest) enough to get rich, then you are the latter.

    You are either dishonest, or you are not.

    You are also either rich, or you are not.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That's a succinct way of putting it!

  3. tsmog profile image84
    tsmogposted 12 years ago

    This is a really a tough question. Honesty is a tough subject. Honesty is difficult to define.

    I think it is 50/50, since it has to do with human nature. Adding to your question for me is ethical the same as honesty? Morality jumps in the mix. I did an experiment for a sociology class. I had a scraggly beard, kinda scruffy hair, age about 56, T-shirt & jeans, and wore a hat that boldly said West Virginia on it. Live in the outer San Diego area. Cities I went to were both on the coast and inland. (18 miles apart).

    I went to liquor stores, convenience stores, mom & pop stores, and chain grocery stores. Change was miscounted, receipts not given or offered, game coupons withheld, and charged for those stupid 'free' coffee creamers set next to the coffee cup when checking out. These events didn't occur at all locations.

    A week later, shorts, T-shirt, Chargers football cap, beard trimmed, same age, hair cut. Not one of the aforementioned events occurred. I went to the same places. Go figure.

  4. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    You just can't generalize human beings and put them into catagories.  Honesty, dishonesty, integrity or lack of it, etc. comes from within the individual whether rich or poor.

  5. Express10 profile image83
    Express10posted 12 years ago

    I read an article that generalized that rich people tend to be dishonest or ignore rules. I wanted to hear other opinions on this generalization because I find it very difficult to generalize people. The article is entitled Shame On The Rich (Science Now) and while it is interesting and there are psychologists who agree with their findings, I find it hard to generalize that rich people have a greater tendency than the poor to be dishonest and ignore rules. This is because I see dishonesty, disrespect, and flouting of rules across all economic classes.

  6. cheaptoys profile image60
    cheaptoysposted 12 years ago

    i think there are good rich people and bad rich people and it is the same for all people

  7. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago

    I see more poor people dishonest in attempting to get ahead.  If not dishonest, immoral.  It is poor people who abuse welfare benefits & other entitlements to live a half-way decent life.  It is poor people who make their children work, sometimes in illegal occupations, because of that fast & lucrative monetary reward.  It is the poor person who is more likely to into illegal ways of making a livelihood because more legitimate livelihoods pay a poverty wage. 

    Sociological studies have conclusively substantiated that poor people are attracted to crime because crime pays & furthermore, they feel that they are locked out of more legitimate, lucrative avenues thus believing that they have no other recourse but to resort to more illegal ways to make a living.  Criminals such as Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Bugs Moran, Whitey Bulger, and Nicky Barnes are prime examples of this.

    Yes, there are a few dishonest wealthy people using devious means in attempting to gain more wealth.  For example, Joseph Kennedy Sr. in his dealings & interfacings with the mob for a monopolization of liquor.  Ivan Boesky & Michael Milken using devious means to pad their financial pockets.  However, the wealthy, on a whole, became wealthy through smart planning & strategizing regarding their goals.

    Far fewer wealthy people resort to devious means to get head than poor people do, let's get real.  Contrary to what many believe- many poor people AREN'T content being poor.  They are looking for a way to become socioeconomically affluent.  If it is not in the legal, acceptable way, then it is going to be in the illegal way.  As rapper 50 Cent stated so eloquently- get rich or die trying!


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