The answer to this question is a complicated one. It depends on the person, their circumstances and what they are stealing. For example, if someone has been unemployed for months and needs food then it is likely that they will steal something in order to survive. On the other hand, if someone steals because they are bored or want something without paying for it then there is less of an excuse.
Many people will accuse thieves of being born with a criminal mentality. However, it is not as easy to make such judgments about someone who has never been in that situation before. Conditions are what will determine whether or not someone will steal, and when the conditions are right many people may be inclined to do so.
It’s a question we’ve all asked at one time or another: will most people steal if conditions are right? The answer depends on the individual. If you’re an honest person, then chances are that when faced with the opportunity to steal something from someone, you will say no. But what about those who aren’t so honest? What would it take for them to commit theft?
It is the desire to have more that leads us to act badly and commit theft. We need only compare our own desires for peace or health with how selfishly we act in pursuit of them; this shows that all anyone needs do for what they want is already theirs, but they just refuse to perceive it. The more you can give your attention over to understanding this truth, the less you will be tempted by desires belonging to someone else. Remember that every now and then somebody gets away with stealing something; perhaps because they were watched by a good person who knew not why they themselves stole and did not judge them for it. No one steals anything but out of.
When you need to find out the answer to a difficult question, it’s important that you look at all of the evidence. This is exactly what we will do when we examine whether or not most people would steal if conditions were right. In order to determine this, we will first have to define what “most” means in context and then compare different studies on theft rates worldwide.