There are FAAAAR MORE "decent people" in the world than we give credit for. I think the rise of "Yellow Journalism" helped to popularize the all-too-real tendency to fixate on negative reports. Research has determined that Headlines touting "Dark Storm Clouds predict Record Rains" and "Area Crime Increases 14%" are far more likely to garner readers than headlines of "Blue Skys forecast for the weekend" or "Local Farms welcome 137 new Colts, Calves and Llamas to their fields."
paul wheaton wrote:comment on the video from a person on youtube:
A local potter in Spring City Utah does this with all of his pottery. One weekend he went on a trip and he forgot to close up shop. When he came back, almost every piece in his entire shop had been taken (several months to a year worth of work). When he went to the back of his shop and found his money pot was literally overflowing with cash. Not one piece was unpaid for.
Turns out a tourist bus came by the shop and they snatched up everything.
Good to know there are decent people in the world.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:Honor systems don't work around management types:
In another experiment, when professors paid for tea and coffee using an honesty box, they paid three times more often when the box featured an image of eyes instead of flowers.
Moreover, various studies prove the mere presence of eyes cue people to behave as if they are literally being watched.