Behave Yourself: Moral Behavior and Conformity

As kids we were often nudged by our parents to be conventional: “look at your behavior- why don’t you behave like everyone else?” is a sentence I’ve been hearing from mum too often as a child. When we press someone to act morally we say “be a mensch” employing the Yiddish/German word that simply means “a human being” – not an angle or priest but an ordinary, simple human being. Most of us believe that conformity and morality are linked together, and that considering how others would behave in a certain situation would induce us to act morally. But is it really the case? ….[READ]