C. Level Transitional:
Stage 4.5: Post-Conventional features:
"do your own thing" Example: " I can speed on the freeway until the cop gives me a speeding ticket; who cares?"
Ages: Some adolescents, many college students & Most adults
Between the conventional stages and the post-conventional Levels 5 and 6, there is a transitional stage. College-age students that have come to see conventional morality as relative and arbitrary, but have not yet discovered universal ethical principles, may drop into a hedonistic ethic of "do your own thing." This was well noted in the hippie culture of the l960's. Disrespect for conventional morality was especially infuriating to the Stage 4 mentality, and indeed was calculated to be so.