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Ethics 101

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Posted by CivilWarBBQ on January 21, 2011 at 15:22:58:

In Reply to: Follow up question........... posted by Fast Eddy on January 20, 2011 at 09:44:55:

Again, I don't agree that this poll shows "most think cheating is happening" because of the way it is worded, but I'll answer the new question anyway...

It is never alright to cheat at a contest.

Sure, if you break the rules on purpose in a stealthy way it is unlikely anyone will notice. But you will know. And with that knowledge a person of character would lose any sense of satisfaction and personal pride in the achievement, knowing the victory was not earned.

To express my perspective another way, it's like this: Some people choose to break into other folks homes and steal their stuff rather than work to earn money and buy these things for themselves. After all, they are just being smart by taking a shortcut, and if they don't get caught it proves everyone else is just a sucker, right?

In a world like that, I'll chose being a sucker over being smart every time.

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