Originally posted by buckky
Does everyone have a criminal mind, but most of us keep it under control ? What I mean is do most people think about doing non legal things but never act on it. Or givin the right opportunity would a lot more act on it ? If I found a bag of money in the woods I fear I would keep it, and not take it to the police. What would you do ?
Well, crime is defined by the law, which is defined by general morality. What is a crime in one country isn't in another. Driving over the legal speed limit is a crime, but most people do it anyway.
There are many laws, and to say people are born and their minds automatically fall within the parameters of these laws will be quite ludicrous. We are conditioned throughout our lives to not act on criminal thoughts.
Therefore, I would say that people will quite regularly think of doing non-legal things but don't act on it because of the law (if they are aware that it isn't legal).
The law isn't perfect, so it all goes down to thinking about the consequences and your own personal morality. If I found a bag full of money, I will like to think I could hand it in if I know it can be traced back to the original owner (and I trust that the police will actively try and get it back to that person). Potentially the person who is missing it could suffer a great deal for not having it. It will be for some purpose. If I don't believe the money could get back (i.e. nothing identifyable with the bag, or the money is on its own), I would keep it.
I am guessing that because you posted this in Spirituality, you are considering some religious aspect. In my case, religion wouldn't be relevant at all.