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Peer Editor: 1511707

Savannah Mulvey-White


March 1st 2017

Global Issue: Wealth and its effect on morals

Rich in money, yet poor in society

(I)Within society it is an incredibly common stereotype to assume that wealthy people

have worse compassion and morality, and for the most part this is true. The people more likely to

cheat, lie, and steal are known to be those with higher annual incomes, of course this isnt to say

that lower classes do not participate in wrong doing, but typically those who are in the lower

class cheat, lie, and steal to help others, whereas most rich people do these same things for the

benefit of themselves.

So many studies prove the idea that rich people feel entitled to something, in a way that

makes them feel as though they are above everyone else. They found that luxury car drivers

were more likely to cut off other motorists instead of waiting for their turn at the intersection.

This was true for both men and women upper-class drivers, regardless of the time of day or the

amount of traffic at the intersection. (Scientific) More studies similar to this done at Berkeley

show that upper class drivers are more likely to not stop at stop signs, and not halt for pedestrians

either. Wealthy people seem to be adapted to naturally believe they are above others within our

society, and that shows the lack of compassion developed throughout the lives of upper class

The ways that lower classes participate within crime and negative things in society is

completely different, if not the opposite of how rich people interact with crime. Typically the

wealthy person has poorer developed compassion, especially if born into wealth, and their crimes

are for themselves, and motivated for standardly selfish reasons. The lower class will commit

crimes to help their family, or their close friends, and not just for their own benefit. The lower

classes seem to have the best attitudes towards being compassionate, and if a child is born into a

poor family they become a very compassionate adult. Rich people seem to think they are above

others, but in reality the stereotypes of the wealthy prevent them from ever having wonderfully

close relationships, especially because they make decisions to better themselves. This allows

society to have happier lives in the middle and lower class, whereas the upper class feels more

entitled and has a realistic yet material happiness. (C)


Grewal, Daisy. "How Wealth Reduces Compassion." Scientific American. Scientific American,

09 Apr. 2012. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

This was overall a very good and understandable paper. It was simple, and not confusing to get

right to the point. I think you did a good job of getting across what the thesis was, but some of

the phrasing was a little off and could be better understood with a different viewpoint in the

writing. There were no grammatical errors though which was good.