What moral stage does this statement reflect: "If the teacher is dumb enough to turn her back, what she doesn't know, won't hurt her."
What's the moral stage for this statement?
a. self-interest b. rule conformity c. personal ethics
The moral stage of this a statement in self-interest, A. It is known as rationalizing. Rationalizing is when you want to make something seem right, even when you know it is wrong. By saying that the teacher is dumb, the speaker suggests that it does not matter what happens when the teacher is not looking.
The second half of the statement “what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her” is common rationalization by people who break rules or do something they know is wrong. They figure if they don’t get caught, they can tell themselves they really didn’t do anything wrong.
The answer is not B, rule conformity, because that would mean that the speaker wants to conform to rules, or follow them.
The answer is not C, personal ethics, because that implies that a person has his own sense of right and wrong greater than what is required of him. For example, if the speaker disagreed with this statement and chose to behave anyway, that would be an example of personal ethics.