Lying and cheating go hand-in-hand. Think about it. It is so easy to see two words as not being literally the same. When you cheat on an exam, you lie to your teacher that you have done your study, your lessons, and understand what has been provided in a learning environment. After all, everyone cheats a little here and there in Life–right? How does it affect your teacher? I could say that he or she assumes that the lessons prepared and taught in class have made perfect sense and given a good understanding to students of the subject being taught. Such cheating gives the teacher the wrong idea so where attention may be given to areas where you are weak, life just goes on as though the class is full of great students. And what about you? You shortchanged your teacher, classmates, parents, and mostly yourself because you choose to exist at a level that is a lie. Yes, cheating is lying and lying is cheating. And what about your parents who pay for your education? Ever think how it can affect them, their relationship with you if they catch you in a lie or found to be cheating? It may seem cool to get away with it but eventually it will come home to bite you sooner or later. And what about your friends?
Having a healthy respect for self, by and for your peers, of your parents and siblings has wealth greater than all the gold in the world. Keep your head straight and you will find achieving some of your life’s goals reachable. I say some because not all what you want will be possible. No one achieves every desire in life. And be careful what you wish for because you may not find it ‘cool’!
When I was growing up, I always thought chess was one game where no cheating existed, especially after the United States Chess Federation (USCF) developed the rating system for tournament and match play. But since the introduction of the computer ‘brain’ it seems that cheating has found its way into the halls from amateur events to the major world tournaments and matches. This idea of cheating seems a ‘cool’ challenge for the hacker or the cheat-minded practitioner in chess combat. What I find however is that for the vast majority of players everywhere in the world, honesty and integrity for both players and the sport of chess is unblemished factoring out a few instances where such behavior is suspect but still not definite proof exists.
The sad truth is that our so-called government is too often corrupt at every level and can anyone argue that all this crooked behavior in thought and deed because it seems so ‘cool’ is seen even in the White House and Congress, perhaps warmed over from school days. The American people are not sheep and they are not fools once the lies and deceit are exposed for all to witness. That is why we have terms of office holders and a vote toward keeping hope alive for the future of a strong America! Most importantly, the American voter needs to expect and demand quality leadership in all branches of government and at every level from town, city, state and nation. And like it or not, I say proudly, God Bless America and all good people around the world!
I do not write to suggest that students cheat and lie at times which may be prompted by mismanaged study time or behavior problems seen in the classroom that makes a teacher sometimes sorry to get up in the morning for a new school day. Would it not be ‘cool’ to surprise the teacher with a school day full of attentive and beaming faces looking to learn and be challenged? That might just be one little thing that turns a poor school into a good school. Take pride in your school, your educational opportunities, and keep a smile all day long. Respect is a two-way street in all relationships. Maybe this would be a grass roots start to turn things around on all the above!