America, Kohlberg had said, was a Level Five nation, established and founded by the most incredible assortment of practical Level Sixes in any nation’s history, and was populated primarily by Level Fours and Threes. Kohlberg stressed that in day-to-day decisions we often ranged below our highest level of moral development, but we never went higher than our developmental level.
[But] there was a Level Zero. There were human beings beyond the fetal stage who had no moral bearings whatsoever; not even pleasure/pain stimulus was a reliable guide to these people—if “people” was what they were. A Level Zero could walk up to a fellow citizen on the street, kill that person on a whim, and walk away without the slightest trace of guilt or afterthought. Level Zeroes did not want to be caught and punished, but did not base their actions upon avoidance of punishment. Nor was it a simple case of the pleasure of the forbidden criminal act outweighing fear of punishment. Level Zeroes could not differentiate criminal acts from everyday functions; they were morally blind.
At any given time, in any given culture, one or two percent of the population was at a Level Zero stage of human moral development."
(c) Carrion Comfort (Dan Simmons)
Симмонс как всегда блистателен, но интересно, удастся ли ему провалить концовку книги, как это было в других его произведениях (пока что я на 50%)? Забавно его читать, когда навстречу едет автобус с направлением Germantown на табло, хотя у него часть действия разворачивается в Филадельфийском варианте, а не нашем.
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