April 2013

Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Gone Girl

This novel had me asking the question: Do the immoral believe that listening to your conscience or adhering to a sense of morality are signs of weakness? Amy accuses women who don’t retaliate when injured as “…spineless women confusing their weakness for morality”. So, when we commit an immoral act in vengeance, do we celebrate the fact that we have overcome some kind of weakness? Do we lament the lost opportunity when we decide to do the morally right thing? Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality in Literature - Gone Girl

Paying it Forward

Taken together, these findings suggest that people do pay forward behaviour in anonymous interactions, and that generosity is paid forward less than both greed and equality. Although we may like to think that being generous to someone else will subsequently increase their prosocial behaviour towards others, these findings sadly suggest that generosity does not automatically create a ripple effect of goodwill. As the article concludes, “to create chains of positive behaviour, people should focus less on performing random acts of generosity and more on treating others equally – while refraining from random acts of greed.” Read more about Paying it Forward