On Cheating

Success is determined by being unique—by being yourself, as the cliché goes. And to be unique, you don’t need to be born with luxury and guidance… you need only to utilize all your resources. Well if you’re not cheating, you haven’t utilized all your resources. Now, to clarify, to be successful, one doesn’t need to cheat. But why not? Everyone wants his advantage—his chance to stand out in an oversaturated pool of competitors—and what is cheating? It is precisely that: gaining an advantage. It is unfair, sure, but what advantage is fair? The children of the privileged receive resources for anything they want and need—tutoring, money, connections, etc.—and that’s considered fair. To be born into a wealthier society or to be born with more intellect or attractiveness or strength… that, to many, is fair. It may be argued, I suppose, that unlike conventional cheating, to be born into a privileged society is not deliberate. But success is blind. The man who cheated his way to the top will have achieved no less than the man who painstakingly, unnecessarily worked his way to the top. And do you know what else is blind?—Morals. The typical interpretation of blind justice is that the same morals apply universally to all situations. But there is something else to blind justice. It is blind: oblivious, not knowing where to turn next and unsure of its previous decisions. Its morals change suddenly. The same morals that apply to one situation may not fit the next, and so it changes its morals. It is justice. And its blindness speaks a simple truth: that morals do not truly exist.

It is redundant to point out the subjectivity of morals. To do so would be inadequate, as although one may not see eye to eye on the same topic as would his counterpart, while not all may be for gay rights, many beliefs are founded on the same basis. Pro-life, love, fairness, etc. What is different is one’s approach on how to get there. It may be said, then, that morals are not nearly as subjective as popularly discussed. They are not even largely determined by free will. Morals are our natural, encoded form of navigation. We do not understand why we have morals such as supporting life, and that is because we did not choose them. We did not rationalize morals, because they are not rational. At first thought, the death of a million to save one may sound ill-conceived; the death of one to save a million may be worse, however, if that one might save many more than one million in the future. But upon further thought, why would saving one group over the other actually be right, and its alternative choice wrong? Is it wrong to dismantle government and support anarchy? In purely rational terms, these are neither wrong nor right. The universe flows, and such is life….

With the realization that morals are as meaningless as anything out there, one should detract their importance and learn to go beyond them, into the realm of reason. In reason, there is cheating. There is the realization that an advantage, no matter through what means, is unfair. And that’s okay. Advantages are meant to be used. Resources are meant to be embraced. Cheating, therefore, through those syllogisms and for its efficient energy conservation, may be one of the most reasonable approaches to success.
To clarify, not everyone should cheat, just as not everyone is meant to be rich or intelligent or good-looking. Society requires a large average: that which cannot see past nature’s instincts into pure reason, that which settles for necessities and lacks potential to go beyond. But for those who do have the potential, they should use it. They form an elite section of society, and they win. If they feel generous, they will donate back to society. And if not, such is life….