You are in a car with a friend who is driving. The speed limit is 50kph. Your friend is doing 55kph and hits a pedestrian. You are the only witness.
Have a think before you read further. What would YOU do in such a circumstance??
Did you know that your culture play a large role in whether you would be prepared to protect your friend, or whether you feel your friend should face the consequences for his/her actions. In what are termed ‘universalist’ cultures the rules apply to everyone alike and should be followed at all times. The rules are there for a reason. Exceptions are frowned upon. Your friend was speeding, this is against the law, someone was hit and therefore there should be consequences. On the other hand if you are from a more ‘particularist’ society you may see the rules as a general guideline, each case should be treated individually. Your friend could be in trouble….of course you should help out if you can…...
The Netherlands is (in general) a 'universalist' country, just like many northwest European and Anglophone countries. Lying to protect someone or ‘bending the rules’ whether in a business or social context is considered corrupt. However 'particularists' take a different viewpoint; how can you trust (or do business with) a 'universalist' if they are not prepared to help someone out in times of need?
So, what would you do? And what do you think of someone who does the opposite?