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Criminals Explain How They Justify Their Crimes to Themselves

From Vice:

Criminals Explain How They Justified Their Crimes to Themselves
By: Nick Chester

When you're planning to mug someone or rob a small business, how do you get past all the thoughts telling you that what you're about to do is very, very wrong?

"I couldn't but think: did it really take a damning article for a gangland debt collector to notice he wasn't leading a particularly ethical life? And, if so, how is it that criminals who carry out immoral acts day after day manage to convince themselves that they're actually upstanding people?

The only explanation I could come up with is that, to be a career criminal, you either have to be a master of self-deception, or genuinely just not give a fuck."