I was reading through research and found something not very ordernary regarding the langauge used in academic papers. The paper itself was boring and higly complicated to read. It was a research into cheating and moral behaviour. And suddenly they wrote something that was funny:
"Because the moral judgment of most adults in our society is at the conventional level (Colby et al. , 1983; Kohlberg, 1976), these results have implications for the functioning of our social institutions, many of which operate on the assumption of honesty and trust. Our findings suggest that those whose moral reasoning takes a societal perspective are indeed more likely to behave in accordance with society's rules. When behavior occurs in impersonal settings, such as a large classroom where cheating can occur, or a highway where traffic laws can be ignored, or a library where books can be removed without being checked out, or a subway where slugs can be inserted in token slots, Stage 3 subjects may not obey the rules because they apparently do not have the conception that the system will break down if everyone does not cooperate. It is sobering to realize that under the conditions of the present study, 96% of the subjects in the low-moral judgment group cheated, at least to some extent."
According to Kohlberg's theory the majority of people reason at this stage of moral reasoning - stage 3 - conventional. It is believed that criminals' moral reasoning is lower than of general populations.
The recent findings show that the majority of adult criminals also reason at this stage and some of the sexual offenders even on the higher stages.