What a bogus title for an article. It was a ploy to get you here. Now you are here, proving it worked. And it’s bull crap. I hear this phrase a lot, mostly from people who cheat and want to make it seem like they want something more than another person. Quit cheating.
It is possible to win and be honorable. In fact, it’s the best way to win. We can look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we worked for what we got, win or lose. If your catchphrase happens to sound like the title of this article, it’s time to adjust the game plan.
To dissect another quote that gets thrown around commonly:
“It’s only cheating if you get caught.”
I heard this one the other day. I wonder if that man applies this to his marriage? His work? His money? It can’t apply for one area and not the other. There are not many instances where this quote would seem ethical.
Clearly, if somebody says something like that, there is little to no regard for other people, so I won’t pull that thread. We’ve got to have some self-respect at least. It’s hard to look in the mirror and see a cheat, a liar, and a fraud. It’s got to be tough, no matter how “successful” we appear to others.
“I’d rather lose with honor than win with deceit.”
This quote has been phrased several different ways since Sophocles was famously quoted saying something along those lines. A lot of people stand by such feelings. Cheaters are inspiration to do better. Facing a cheater is a no lose situation, for the most part. If you win, it hurts them even more because they cheated and still loss. If you lose, you know you were overcoming the obstacle and lost honorably, even if you lost.
For the liars and cheaters, or those who think that denial is only a river in Egypt, murder is still murder even if you don’t get caught. Eventually, however, everything catches up with people.