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115 Post author: Yvain 27 October 2009 12:45AM

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Comment author: CannibalSmith 27 October 2009 04:56:47PM 6 points [-]

I wonder if the is opposite true. Steal a movie. Watch some twisted porn. Post a shocker in a kids' forum. Become ridden with guilt. Be motivated to do more charity.

Comment author: eirenicon 27 October 2009 05:37:26PM *  25 points [-]

So you steal a movie, which means the next homeless guy you see gets change in his cup, which lets you slam the front door in a girl scout's face, the memory of which drives you to volunteer at a soup kitchen, which in turn assuages your conscience when you buy incandescent light bulbs because they look better than CFLs, so you help an old lady across the street, which relieves you of all responsibility for the other old lady who just got hit by a truck, who haunts you in your dreams, so you adopt a child, who grows up to become a mad scientist who destroys the world, thus ending the vicious cycle once and for all.

And that's why piracy is wrong.

Comment author: DanArmak 27 October 2009 06:12:00PM 6 points [-]

It's certainly a cliche - someone being nice and moral outwardly because of a secret, shameful vice which is harmless to others.

Comment author: wedrifid 27 October 2009 05:08:52PM 5 points [-]

Not that I've noticed. *cough*

Comment author: tut 28 October 2009 07:17:28AM 2 points [-]

Probably it worked. But if you start to use this as an excuse, then it will not continue to work.

Comment author: Bound_up 26 April 2016 07:29:57AM 1 point [-]

Gosh, if that were true, it could be an effective group cohesion building mechanism!

Just establish some arbitrary restrictions to extremely common things, or demand the performance of really boring duties, with the requisite restitution for failing to fulfill them being a series of group identify-affirming activities!