Peeking at cards

Would you rather win by cheating? Or lose while playing fair?

March 24, 2018
  • If you’re not cheating you’re not trying, right? I want to win by any means necessary
  • I’d rather play fair and lose

Ah, the age-old question that has rumbled through the ages, echoing in the cavernous halls of sports arenas, classrooms, and even the occasional board game night. Would you rather win by cheating or lose by playing fair? It’s the kind of question that can cause a moral circuit breaker to trip, especially if you’re fiercely competitive or if you’ve just been schooled by a ten-year-old in Monopoly.

pirate captain, waving a flag with a mischievous grin, standing on the deck of a ship at sunset

The Case for Winning by Any Means Necessary

Let’s dive into the mindset of someone who believes in winning at any cost. “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying,” they might proclaim, waving their metaphorical pirate flag with a smug grin. This perspective isn’t about lacking morals or ethics; it’s about a deep-seated belief in the ultimate goal of victory. For these folks, the end justifies the means. Whether it’s Tom Brady in the infamous ‘Deflategate’ or the cunning antics of Bugs Bunny, there’s a certain admiration for those who skirt the edges of rules to emerge victorious.

Consider the corporate world, a veritable jungle where the ‘survival of the fittest’ often seems to mean ‘survival of the craftiest.’ A survey showed that a surprising number of professionals admit they’d bend rules if it meant a hefty promotion. In movies, who doesn’t feel a twinge of awe for the clever cons of “Ocean’s Eleven” where Danny Ocean’s crew pulls off a heist so slick that even the audience feels part of the crime?

knight in shining armor, standing honorably in a lush green meadow under a clear blue sky

The Noble Path of Fair Play

On the flip side, let’s explore the noble choice of playing fair and embracing defeat with dignity. This choice is like choosing a kale salad over a double cheeseburger; it’s clearly better for you, but oh, the temptation! Advocates of fair play are the folks who sleep well at night, their consciences as clean as a whistle. They’re the Atticus Finches of the world, sticking to their principles even when the odds (and the townsfolk) are against them.

Playing fair is deeply embedded in the American spirit. Think of it as the ethical backbone of the United States, from the ‘honest Abe’ stories to the countless sports films like “Rocky” where the hero triumphs through sheer grit and hard-earned sweat. A survey showed that most people feel better about themselves when they play fair, even if they lose the game. It’s the journey, not the destination, that counts, right?

scene depicting a chessboard set in a lively market square, with life-sized chess pieces

Why Pick a Side?

Choosing between these two might depend on how you view the game of life. Is it a series of strategic moves where the best schemer wins, or is it a test of character and integrity? Perhaps you see life as a mix of both, a kind of spicy gumbo where sometimes you need a pinch of cunning mixed with a hefty scoop of honesty.

For those leaning towards bending the rules, maybe it’s about the thrill. There’s a certain adrenaline rush in pulling off a victory, especially one snatched from the jaws of defeat by a clever trick or two. It’s the Loki of choices, where mischief and strategy bring about a win against the Thor-like brawn of straightforward effort.

Conversely, choosing to play fair and accept loss if necessary could be likened to planting a garden. It’s slow, requires patience and care, and the results are not guaranteed. But oh, the satisfaction of watching those honest efforts bloom! It’s about legacy and what you leave behind for the next generation. Do you want to be remembered as a rule-bender or a rule-follower?

Let’s Talk Pop Culture

Cinema and literature are littered with examples that glorify both perspectives. From Jay Gatsby, who let’s face it, wasn’t exactly a poster child for playing by the rules, to Katniss Everdeen, whose moral compass led her through the “Hunger Games,” pop culture helps mirror these complex choices.

What’s Your Pick?

So, where do you stand? Are you the risk-taking, rule-bending, pirate ship-commanding type, or are you the knight in shining armor for whom honor and valor lead the way? Each choice has its merits, its thrills, and its lessons. In America, where opportunities are as vast as the landscapes, each person’s choice can lead to very different adventures and outcomes.

As we ponder this question, remember, the choice isn’t just about what you win or lose, it’s about how you play the game. Whether you’re scheming like a chess master or sprinting like a marathon runner, each game you play and each choice you make adds a unique stitch to the fabric of your character. So choose wisely, or at least, have fun deciding!

  • Share opinions on topics that matter to you.
  • Learn what others think through comprehensive, real time stats.
  • Your vote is anonymous.
Sign Up. It's free!
Register to vote and to view all content
  • in use
  • taken
    We assume that you want to comment anonymously so we recommend not using your real name for the username.
    • Must be 6 - 20 characters.
    • Allowed characters: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, underscores, periods and hyphens.
    • Must start with a letter.
  • Password must meet the following requirements:
    • Be at least 8 characters
    • At least one number
    • At least one uppercase letter
    • At least one lowercase letter
  • I agree to Terms of Use and I have read Privacy Policy.
Sign Up

More in Choice
Choice between work and family
If you had to choose between a loving family or a highly successful job, which choice would you make?
March 28, 2018
  • I’d choose a loving family
  • I’d take the highly successful job!
Finding the right balance between family and career has always been a prominent problem in American society. The elusive ideal of “having it all” often…
Would you rather run a marathon (26.2 miles) or swim five miles?
March 24, 2018
  • 1. Run a marathon
  • 2. Swim five miles
The two sports couldn’t be more different, yet they both require the same amount of dedication and hard work. So, which one is better? In…