Just one more thing: What's right or what's wrong?Just one more thing: What's right or what's wrong?

"Who am I to say what's right or what's wrong?" This casual remark by a young woman was typical of an attitude reporters from a well-known magazine found prevalent in a survey several years ago, producing some disturbing clues as to the mood of our society toward cheating and stealing. "Would you fake an insurance claim?" the reporters asked. "It depends on the amount," said one office clerk. "Would you return a lost wallet?" "It depends on who owned it," said a storekeeper. "Is it wrong to break the law?" "It depends on if I can get away with it," said a young man. Less than 10 percent of the people interviewed felt that honesty was a prime requisite for success today.

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Publication Date: February 11, 1980