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Not strictly FUD-related – the article itself is rather about environmentalists supposedly more likely to cheat or be reckless than other people due to their tendency to feel morally compensated for their own misdeeds.

Since as early as 1990, psychologists have been researching on a supposed human behavior known as “moral balancing”, or, in layman’s terms, “the self-entitling of 'rights’ to kill babies due to the mere fact that one has donated a few cents to Save the Children Foundation”. I am not going through the excruciating length of reiterating what the experts have to say in grand details, but, in a nutshell, the implication of “moral balancing” is that those who profess some form of moral views are not necessarily better individuals than those who don’t even by the standards of those moral views, and, in some cases, those who do are in fact much worse at adhering them than those who don’t.

To quote Professor Nina Mazar from University of Toronto, “they felt they had this moral credit to engage in selfish behavior.”

Now, rather than letting myself offer you dear readers a conclusion, I want to try something different:

Post in the comment selection about your observations on Linux/open-source advocates and whether or not, in your opinion, they exhibit a consistent behavioral pattern of “moral balancing”. Detail your observations in your comment.

Now, fire away.

#1 Posted by FBM on Jun 13, 2011 2:25 PM

Well, I think we all know annoying advocates who will think they have the right to install Firefox and uninstall IE from any Windows computer, without the user’s consent, because they are doing it for “the cause”.

#2 Posted by administrator on Jun 13, 2011 3:43 PM

I get this vibe from people who try to justify their piracy. “I’m going to stick it to the man by pirating”. They feel their being moral, by doing the immoral.

#3 Posted by imgx64 on Jun 14, 2011 9:26 AM

I can attest that I have felt that way before.

Good thing I know it’s bad now. I’m going to buy an SUV, switch all light bulbs back to incandescent, and while I’m at it, get a vacuum tube computer; transistors are too efficient.

#4 Posted by JoeMonco on Jun 16, 2011 9:33 AM

Again, I won’t put forth much of my conclusion, but I would nevertheless draw my gentle readers’ attention to this:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2007/03/13/let_free_music_files_ring/

#5 Posted by JoeMonco on Jun 16, 2011 9:59 AM

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