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Gabe Ozoani

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What is cheating.....really?

In the wake of Lance Armstrong's "confession", most are calling him a cheat. A majority of the most famous and wealthy people have cut corners to get to where they are. If you get a job because you know the hiring manager over a more qualified candidate, have you cheated? If you sleep with a director to get the role...have you cheated? Yes, there are well spelled out rules in sports (among other professions) but what about other areas in life where our morality defines the rules?

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    Jan 18 2013: I would think the vast majority of famous and wealthy people have worked like dogs to get where they are.

    Cheating I would say has an aspect of violence. Emotional or physical violence done to others, a lack of empathy, a lack of self-esteem and self-respect.

    Every scenario would have to be viewed individually to see whether cheating occurred. And the degree of harm would have to be considered as well. In the scenario where you get a job because of knowing someone, we still must assume that you are capable of doing the job. We would also assume that you didn't know who else was competing for the job, whether they were better than you or not. With the actress, we still know that she must be capable of playing the role. So if these are cheats, they are relatively minor. In fact, it's hard for me to believe that whoever would hire these people would choose the person who can't do the job as well, because how well they do the job determines the success of the business, and reflects back on who hired them. I'm more inclined to think that if two people are equal, the hiring manager might choose the person he or she knows, and the same with the actress.

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