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.