I have finally been vindicated.
My readers know that I am allergic to bureaucrats and politicians. I have now been given official reason why the former behave in ways that trigger that allergy in me and in zillions of others.
This article in the Guardian, unfortunately generalises from a particular. The survey was restricted to civil servants, in my blessed country, the most uncivil people who do not believe that they are servants anyway.
I refuse to accept that the findings can be extrapolated to what our politicians and bureaucrats now call the civil society, ie all those who are neither politicians nor bureaucrats.
It will be interesting to conduct the survey among politicians. I bet that the findings will be as startling to them as it will not be to me.
In my country, mental dexterity, memory and brain power somehow seems to revive when the Indian proverbial envelope or suitcase is pushed in the right direction. This is a factor that the researchers have not considered. Sad!