Big Brother: When Secrecy Becomes a Norm in Israel, It Comes With a Price

This norm makes it difficult to distinguish between morality and its opposite – and that’s how an innocent physician became an accomplice to murder.

Norms are invisible but powerful entities. They exist in every social group and are at the foundation of most people’s behavior. Even if they are not always conscious, they compel us to act in predictable ways. They command us to take a lost wallet back to its owner; to offer our seat to an elderly person; not to cut ahead in line. Norms are the quiet voice inside that compels us to be good, honorable, or...