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When you're young and carefree, you're bound to make some questionable life choices. (Been there.) But just because these decisions are dumb, are they necessarily immoral? Depends on who you ask, and when you ask 'em. For women over 30, with age, not only comes wisdom, crow's feet and varicose veins, but a fully developed moral center. Meanwhile, men are still boys in the morality department. Survey says: Older women are morally superior. So there.
According to the Daily Mail, around 60,000 volunteers across 200 countries (and counting) have taken the Moral DNA Test, developed by The Corporate Philosopher (trademark!) Professor Roger Steare. In this personality survey, participants are asked to make statements about their personal and professional lives, including whether their co-workers and friends would consider them honest, deferential or sympathetic. The questions are supposedly designed to measure honesty and competency, but are also highly subjective. Does anyone really think they aren't honest and sympathetic?
The results so far find that women are more likely to make a decision based on how it impacts others. Unlike our male counterparts, we women can put aside our ego to show humility and compassion. No surprise here.
But according to Professor Steare, there's also a morality tipping point: Women aren't a bunch of do-whatever-you-say patsies. While reason increases to the age 30, obedience begins to decrease. And our intellectual and moral powers peak in our early 60s. (Which seems to back up the curmudgeonly crankypants old-person stereotype).
So, okay, cool, I’m game. I took the Moral DNA test. (Go on, have at it). Once the 10-page surveyc is completed, the results are tallied and then categorized as one of six personality types: Philosopher, Judge, Angel, Teacher, Enforcer, Guardian. So guess which label stuck to my chest? Wait for it...Angel. Bwahahahahahaha! OK, fine: I suppose I do possess a strong sense of morals and keener sense of outrage to all the injustices to women and children, and fear for all of society as a whole, I’m light years from angelic. And while I did score high on just about every personality aspect -- from trust, love, hope and self-control -- I'd reckon that on any given day, I’d do better by just selecting all. Because when you’re a mom, especially over 30, morality is a philosophizing, judgy, angelic, pedagogical policing parental hammer. Just ask my kid.