from Seth’s Blog

There are really only two ways to approach this:

“We don’t cheat.”

“We cheat when we can get away with it.”

The posture of, “our side doesn’t cheat,” is the belief in the validity of the game itself. It’s a statement of moral authority, a promise of consistency and valor. It respects the process.

The posture of, “cheat if you can,” is the belief in the ends at any cost. It degrades the system, because if everyone cheats, then there is no system left.

Cheaters often brag about their exploits, because they want to normalize them.

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  1. Cheating is self defeating, this statement is small but powerful. I am someone that has played athletics my whole life and enjoy the feeling of working hard in order to achieve a goal. Now as an adult student that is married with 3 young children trying to finish my degree and again working hard and late hours to get my work done and to do well on it. Cheating is something people will always go to because they can get away with it. Not everyone gets caught or if they do get caught it could be after the “damage” is done and they have already achieved their goal. The problem is they achieved it by cheating, therefore cheating is self-defeating. When you cheat the only person you have defeated is yourself, everyone else won because they did it correct and with moral value.

  2. Cheating is simply unethical in all perspectives. From a sports point of view, it is a selfish act that pays no respect for all parties and predecessors involved, it corrupts the field and attracts the worst. A sad side effect of the tendency for cheaters to get away with their tactics is that others are tempted to follow in their footsteps, rationalizing that if some can do it, they can too. Indeed, athletes may feel that the only way to level the playing field is to become cheaters too, which is a sad thing to see, as it taints competitions and makes a mockery of fair play. For instance, the prevalence of cheating in youth sports stems from the fact that so many professional athletes have been caught cheating using enhancement drugs and making it almost acceptable for athletes to cheat. Also, the obscurity of cheating worsens the issue, it is typically only through the stupidity of athletes or some sort of mistake that they are caught. Ben Johnson of Canada, who won a gold medal at Seoul Olympics and then lost it after testing positive to steroid use, admitted that he took steroids consistently, but was only caught after testing negatively 17 times.
    From an academic standpoint, the definition of cheating is vague. With the rapid advancement of technology and the internet, cheating is almost inevitable. The accessibility of resources online made it seem like a waste if one doesn’t take advantage of it, but besides the internet, one can also gain an edge in the education system with enough financial support. For example, the SAT exam has been deemed rigged, because students with wealthy parents would have much more practice and tutoring on the exam compared to the others, giving them a better chance at having a high score which leads to a better college. Parents aren’t to blame, because they are simply utilizing their resources to ensure the success of their children.

  3. Cheating is a dishonest way to get an advantage on the person or activity presented. People are going to cheat, whether it is in work, school or even in relationships, it can not be stopped. However, is it worth it? If someone succeeds through cheating do they really feel good about themselves? No, because the person will not feel as happy about the accomplishment unless they took the time to do it correctly. A simple example is assignments in school. When a person cheats on a test and gets a good grade it does not feel as satisfying as it does when you study and work hard to receive that good grade. But people want the easy way out and they find cheating a good way to accomplish what they need to. In my high school there was a saying, work smart not hard, implying to cheat and don’t get caught rather than studying and working hard to accomplish their success in school. Nowadays, with school being remote people have found ways to cheat in any way possible. Canvas has now a mode that shows teachers if the students left the page when taking a test to prevent cheating. Which is good that the website was able to form these precautions but people have already found a way to go around it. If they use different devices than the device they are taking the test or quiz the professors will not know. People are putting mirrors near their device when the professor has them take a test during a zoom meeting so that they can look at their phone without taking their eyes off of the screen. These tips are given to students online on social media. I sometimes think that cheating is much harder than just studying. Studying may take more time but at least the student is not panicking to find the answer in a certain amount of time and does not have to do outrageous things just to find the answer without getting caught. Plus, a person that does not cheat has a clean concious.
    But cheating is not fair for those people that were prepared and worked very hard to receive the same grade as those that did cheat. That is why cheating is viewed as unethical in any environment, whether during an athletic game, school, work and anywhere during life. People that are caught cheating lose trust from others. For example, if you are caught cheating at school and have it put on your school record, when you go to interview for jobs and they see cheating on your record they most likely will not hire you. Why? They won’t hire you because then you can possibly be a liability and they do not want someone that they can not trust working for them. People do cheat on jobs by taking other people’s ideas and making it their own. Businesses want someone they can trust to put in the hard work and be an asset in the business, not someone that will try to take the easy way out. No one can sit here and claim they have not cheated on one thing or another and does that make you a bad person? No, because, people make mistakes especially when they are younger they are not mature enough to understand the consequences that come with cheating. But if it becomes a habit that is when a problem occurs. Cheating is something that will always be in society and it is not fair to the honest people but there is no way to stop everyone from doing it unless we get laws and rules put in place. I personally think cheating should be punished by law depending on what they cheated on. If someone married cheats there should be some penalty for that because they are technically breaking the contract they signed at marriage. I do think you need to work smart but also work hard to achieve your accomplishments and be happy about them. Can you really be proud of getting somewhere in life or winning through the help of cheating? Maybe some people can but I couldn’t.

  4. As a sports fan, I viewed this article from a sports perspective. Unfortunately, cheating has always been a part of professional sports. Athletes today are so competitive, and the stardom and money that come with people viewing you as the best is so appealing, that many athletes feel compelled to gain any advantage they possibly can, even if it bends the rules. The latest major cheating scandal in sports involved the Houston Astros, who relayed pitchers’ signs from a hidden camera to the dug out. An Astros staff member then relayed the signs to the batter through whistles or banging on a trash can. This gave the Astros a significant advantage, which aided them in a close World Series win against the Dodgers. When the first story about this scandal broke, the Astros immediately became the most hated organization in sports. They received this level of infamy because fans look up to athletes, and tune in to sports to watch the best competitors battle it out on an even playing field. So when people realized the Astros were purposefully tipping the scales, it ruined the core experience of the sports.

    Other teams like the New England Patriots are infamous for cheating as well, but the NFL has been stronger with their punishments than the MLB was with the Astros. I agree with the article’s sentiment that widespread cheating is a serious threat to the systems cheating persists in. If fans begin to normalize cheating after many scandals, this would destroy the integrity of the league and many viewers would refuse to watch. All professional sports leagues need to adopt a firm zero tolerance policy against cheating to ensure that the players and coaches no longer see an incentive to cheating and they will no longer threaten these leagues’ integrity.

  5. I found this article very interesting. I agree that cheating isn’t okay because then the people who didn’t cheat will not get the win they deserve. Also, cheating takes the fun out of a game. Imagine if the same person kept cheating and winning. The game would be pointless and unfair. Honestly, I’m not going to lie; one time, I played Uno with my family, and I cheated because I kept losing. It wasn’t rewarding to win because I knew that I cheated while everyone else was playing a fair game. I realized that “cheaters never prosper,” as my mom used to tell me. I didn’t want cheating to become a regular thing for me because there would be no point in playing games. Also, even though this article didn’t touch on cheating in school. When reading the article, I thought about people cheating in college.
    Cheating in college is so pointless because you will not learn the material. If you keep cheating in a class, you would be lost for the entire semester, and it would have been pointless for you to take that class because you didn’t learn anything. Cheating is also wasting all the money that students pay for their tuition. You would be cheating yourself out of your money and education. Seth made the statement that “once cheating is normalized, the winner is the person who had the guts to cheat the most and destroy the system, not the one who deserved to win.” That same statement applies to college. If cheating is normalized in college, the system is destroyed, and it would be pointless to teach students who are going to cheat anyway. The students who cheat will have a higher GPA and be recognized rather than those who worked hard and put effort into everything they did. The only difference is that the outcome will be bad for the students who cheated because it will be harder for them to find a job because they will not know the material. I agree with this article that “cheating is ultimately self-defeating.” If you cheat, you are giving up on yourself and your ability to succeed.

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