Though not a study directly of ethics or morality in behavior there is a 
doctorate thesis that is empirical study of incident of 'support of nature' as 
providential grace in life from spiritual awakening. But evidently cultural 
upbringing has some lot to do with morality as expressed in behavior. 

 Think of a young being mentored by a guru over a lifetime as an example of 
culture, like exampled in the TM movement. There is a necessary correlation 
between spiritual development and acceptable moral behavior? 


skymtsea wrote :

 ( Rick Archer’s ) ethics article raises the question as to whether non-dual 
awakening results in spontaneous perfected, ethical actions. Some teachers and 
organizations have claimed this, or some variation of it, though there appears 
little empirical or even anecdotal evidence supporting such claims.  
 That seems to be a premise with a rather steep hill to climb. Ethics is a 
rich, complex, interesting, nuanced, interrelated to many fields, area of 
knowledge. Develop a comprehensive ethical framework for one’s own life in a 
complex changing world, is a long journey. To further explore ethical 
frameworks issues relevant to whole societies and the world is a career task.  
Upon awakening, one doesn’t suddenly become adept at quantum physics (even 
though one is grounded in the vacuum state, ha.) Why would one become fully 
adept at ethical nuances and perfected behavior?
 Yet Pure Consciousness in activity does light up one’s life, pettiness, 
stressed behavior and reactivity diminish from day one of starting a good 
practice, compassion and empathy grow.  And these qualities grow over time (and 
sometimes slinks away for a while).  This points towards better behavior by the 
Awakened compared to where they began, however, it does not imply or 
necessarily mean perfected ethical behavior.
 There is a broader question: to what extent does the broader spectrum of 
behavior change upon awakening?  If the ethical awakening hypothesis is valid, 
should there also be other large changes in behavior upon awakening?  
 Let’s step back for a moment. What other areas of behavior change might change 
upon awakening?
 Current psychological theory and research commonly use a Five-Factor Model 
(FFM) of personality (Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extrovertism, 
and Neuroticism). These five factors have been found universally across all 
cultures, ages, genders, races, etc. and taking their five dimensions as a 
whole, describe the most salient features of most peoples’ personalities.  For 
a wide range of behaviors, they have been shown to have strong explanatory and 
predictive power. And after youth, these factors have found to be relatively 
stable. They are resilient to change, though one can train to extend the range 
of each dimension, for example, introverts can learn more extrovert behaviors, 
though extrovertism typically still does not become part of their natural 
comfort zone. Do these five factors change upon awakening? Probably not, but 
it’s a ripe area for interesting and important research. If these five pillars 
of personality which underlie much of our behavior do not change upon 
awakening, why would a complex, nuanced set of skills such as perfected, 
spontaneous ethical behavior unfold?
 Cognitive biases are another set of powerful factors which substantially 
affect our behavior and are also quite resistant to change. Substantial 
research on these biases has significantly influenced a number of academic 
disciplines (into fields of “behavioral this and that” such as behavioral 
economics, and several Nobel prizes have been granted to researchers in the 
behavioral fields.   
 Here is a link describing some of the more prominent cognitive biases.
 It would be fascinating to see if the awakened have significantly less 
cognitive biases – which if true, would be a major finding. I believe that 
studies would not show a significant change from the norm, may some minor 
reductions. Such a finding of little change in cognitive biases would go a long 
way in explaining the quirks of the awakened and realized teachers – that is, 
they all still are subject to the evolutionarily ingrained cognitive biases 
embedded in the human nervous system and this will result in a number of 
imperfect decisions and outcomes.  Thus, the premise of a “life without 
mistakes” claimed by some teachers may be dubious. And in a similar vein to the 
FFM, if awakening does not affect cognitive biases, a major driver of behavior, 
why would awakening bring about a radical shift in ethical behaviors? 

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