Tuesday, 18 November 2014

“You aren’t sorry you cheated, you’re sorry you got caught.”

Cheating is taking shortcuts to something and achieving results with no or minimal effort. Before we continue, there are different types of cheating and some of the more common ones are in exams, test, sports competitions, as well as in relationships. For example, in exams some people cheat when they go against the rules by bringing formula sheets into the exam hall or simply by looking at other people’s work. In sports, you are supposed to rely on your natural effort or body limits instead of doping with steroids and other substances. Therefore, sportsmen cheat when they take steroids and win because it is unfair to their competitors. Finally, cheating in exclusive relationship means that one party is involved with someone else without the partner’s knowledge. This can happen in business and work as well.

I disagree with all forms of cheating because I believe that it is wrong. Firstly, it is wrong because I have an idea of what is wrong and right from what has been taught to me – morals. Cheating is wrong because one is competing with others and by taking shortcuts to the end goal; it is unfair to the rest who did not cheat. Also, cheating is something that I do not agree with because it is not ethical as it is like lying to everyone around you about your ability. Cheating gives people a false idea that the one who cheated is successful but he actually reach his goal by taking shortcuts.

The effects of cheating may seems very positive at first because it can give you fantastic result without having to take the difficult way out. However, it is a form of denial because one has never really tried to achieve something with total honesty and natural efforts that may also achieve great results. Therefore, the results of cheating do not reflect the true potential of a person at all. It is very tempting to cheat because people admire you for your success but once found out, it can be very disappointing and destructive to your reputation and relationship as it destroys people’s belief in you.
Although cheating maybe tempting, we have already argue that it is after all the easy way out and in reality the person is either in denial or lying to the whole world. Therefore, I would like to suggest mindsets that can help people overcome the temptation of cheating in today’s world where everything can be obtain almost immediately due to technology. Firstly, one must understand that it is important to be true to oneself and success or failure does not say anything about the person at all. To recall my point out about morality mention in my introduction, being honest and true is a reflection of a person’s character.

In conclusion, it is more important to have integrity in everything we do so that we do not give people false impressions of who we are. Once we can accept ourselves and value the lessons of failure, we will not be afraid to try with our complete efforts instead of the easy way out of cheating.

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