American society would appear to be utterly corrupted as such aspirations of individualism and success eradicate preexisting notions of fairness and responsibility. It seems that it is ok to cheat if it gets you ahead, because success is the ultimate goal. Americans have come to see only that goal, and the path it takes to get there matters less and less. Fairness no longer really matters- especially when everyone else is cheating anyway! The problem is that the goal has outshone everything else, blinding Americans to community morals; virtues of society that were once important can no longer be distinguished from the vices. And all of this has come about quite sneakily, under the radar as things like abortion take the big stage. Everyone acknowledges right and wrong on such issues as abortion, but when it comes to business and things like swapping music any thing goes. There is no moral code, no social norms, in that area- that is the problem.
Before we try to solve the problem we need to first identify it to the nation- as earlier mentioned, this is a sneaky problem that often goes under the radar. We need to realize that this is a big issue. This is perhaps the undermining of American ethics and perhaps one of the core causes of our declining society. Once the importance of this problem is realized, we perhaps should have an honest conversation. Why, we need to ask, has cheating become necessary for success- perhaps because no moral code exists. We need to institute a (norms) moral code through an honest conversation that imply tolerance. The need for tolerance is essential in ending cheating, for cheating springs from intolerance. We need to teach tolerance first and then success-not success above all else. It should be taught that way- because if all we see is the goal, we become blind to all else.
I feel that the basic problem of this is discussion deals with, "Do we do what everyone else will do, regardless of morals"? This aritlce essentiall stated that despite the obvious presence of ethics, people are willing to do actions that may not be proper so long as they see others do this unpenalized, or they see many others doing this regardless of penalty.
Becuase the only way to learn right and wrong is through experience, a possible solution to this problem might be to encourage a population to do what they want to further their lives, and hold no disciplinary action. When a suitable population has turned to their less noble nature, discipline on a massive scale can be instituted. Further, the method that may save said population could come from instituting a state where any action is met with similar action - the Golden Rule. If the members of this population understand that they aren't the only ones being ethically incorrect - they will continue to act that way. However, if they are forced to acknowledge that their actions will be done to themselves by others, they might hold off.
1. The problem is the escalating of cheating in the United States in all areas.
2. I do not believe there is a solution to this problem, because unfortunately it is part of human nature. However, creating some regulations and rigorous punishment for cheaters would, at least diminish the problem.
The problem is that there are so many opportunities in the world to cheat and its hard to resist temptation, in the example that was given about the bank system going down and people being able to withdraw money freely gave many people the opportunity to cheat in this sort of way, people in need allowed for temptation to kick in thus the stealing of the money.
The solution the author presents is to create a more broadly shared economic opportunity in society so that people have a fair chance to succeed, a more unified democracy in how rules are enforced. Perhaps it would also benefit if stronger code of ethics was established in society as a whole.
Problem: This article develops the idea that cheating is growing to the point where it is predominantly occurring throughout society. The author brings up the issue that with all of this corruption and cheating going on, perhaps we cannot even establish a community standard. He discusses how when there is not an honest conversation, as it is with cheating, we are troubled to establish social norms and even to have a civil society. This rapid increase in cheating is accompanied and fueled by the loss of feeling guilt in doing so. This is an even worse problem to our ethical compass. All of these things have created a very large problem in our American society.
Possible Solution: This issue overtaking America is quite severe and would need to have a massive movement and big change. The most simplistic way to put this possible solution is just to make doing the right thing have more gains than cheating would. An example of this would be in school, tests could be transformed into oral participation or demonstration of knowledge in which the only true way to "cheat" is to memorize and therefore learn. Also, incentives could be added to those who clearly do things in the right way. While all of this would drastically lower the amount of cheating, it could not---as nothing could---wipe cheating out completely.
The problem of this article lies in the fact that cheating has become part of the patchwork society that is America. The true problem, is that an honest conversation can never be achieved, for after, cheating is the act of taking shortcuts and preferably never having to admit to it.So therefore, if cheating is a major part of society which it is now, we can never achieve the honest conversation and never achieve a civil society. The solution is that we need a socially and economically equal society that is open and honest with each other. We need to have a society in which there is very little differentiation in class structure and in opportunity. But anyways, if we take these measures, we should be able to eliminate the resentment that fuels this cheating habit that we have. I don't agree with a lot of this about how there has to be equality but in the context of eliminating cheating, I believe that doing these things may very well possibly work.
The problem presented in the article "Everybody Does It" is, I think is that why are people cheating and why now and why has is it increased so rapidly in the last few decades. The answer to all this is first few decades ago the rewards for becoming famous or rich got bigger. There is also more competition and more requirements to get a accepted in a good University or get a good job. I think that the solution to all this could only be to cut the rewards for winning thus not making so much competition thus lowering a considerable amount the cheating that takes place in school, jobs, politics, etc.
Problem:How can the "official rules"(those rules that are laws and/or that which is considered right) become the same as the "real rules"(rules those who cheat use or that which may be wrong but allows one to take shortcuts)?? That is, how can the "official rules" be used as the rules everyone uses??
Solution: The article offers multiple solutions to this predicament, whether it be solving the problem as a society or as an individual. The article encourages each of us to resist the tempatations and advantages (advantages gained, perhaps, unjustly) of cheating, and "be a hero". The author also offers possible solutions that are probably more effective because it they are solutions we can accomplish as a society. Our society is structured, the article argues, in such a way that encourages cheating by not being opposed to economic inequality. Rather, ours is set up so that the can, through cheating, become even richer, causing the poor to remain poor. The article then suggests that our society should encourage democracy, and should remain (or become) a society where anyone can become rich (fairly of course). Also, the article calls for a societal assault upon cheating, especially one focused upon our youth. Hopefully, this would lead to a generation of future adults who would not participate in the morally questionable acts of the adults of today.
Although publicly cheating is condemned and shunned, cheating has become so well integrated into society that the majority of people will cheat in order to survive in a cut throat society and their excuse for doing it is that “everyone else is doing it” as well. As society places pressure on people to do well (students to score higher, employees to have higher wages), people cave under pressure and resort to cheating in order to meet up to exaggerated expectations. As stated in the article, America is a nation where the people strive to constantly to improve themselves and be #1, but in order to do so, people are willing to cheat their way to the top because they are under the mentality that “You cheat so you win”. The problem of the article is that people feel the need to cheat in order to gain an upper hand and how to deal with the problem of cheating.
As stated in the article, cheating has become much more acceptable due to a less strict sense of fairness, increasing society pressure, and goals being out of fashion. Instead, because of the cut throat society and the need to be #1, new pressures, bigger rewards for winning, trickle down corruption, and temptation attract people to cheat. In a cheating culture, people go along with it because they can gain a lot by playing dirty and by cutting corners without feeling any guilt. This idea is evident within cases of cheating such as with members overdrawing money from NYCE and Henry Blodget who despite doing wrong, they still feel like upstanding citizens, indicating how cheating has become the norm of society and people are feeling less and less guilty about it. Initially at the beginning of the article, the solution that everyone should cheat in society because they will be able to gain rewards and if everyone cheats, they will be at the same level. The problem with this “solution” is that not everyone cheats at the same level, some more than others, and that if everyone cheats, society will not be able to advance because it will have nothing to build off of. In order to find the solution to the problem of cheating, society needs to have a stronger code of ethics and to reinforce the idea that cheating is not good despite its “benefits”. In order to do this, people need to realize that the intrinsic value is A LOT MORE IMPORTAN than the extrinsic value and this can be accomplished if society placed less pressure of being #1. It is in human nature to strive to perfect and improve themselves and coupled with a strong sense of fairness and ethics, society will still be able to gain rewards with a solid intrinsic foundation.
There is evil in the world and the only way to get to the top is to go with flow. The american society has fallen into cheating and greed. One of the leads to that downfall is the ideals, for example free market. This problem has become so severe that everyone is doing it, so why not you?
"You have undertaken to cheat me. I will not sue you, for the law takes too long. I will ruin you." The loss of the government regulating this has brought this to a winner takes all, kind of era and people have no problem doing this and will use any means necessary to become the "winner".
The problem is that everyone in the society is cheating, both the rich and the poor are cheating and both are doing wrong. Everyone cheating is a moral crisis. People have to loose their ethics to get by, people have lost the security of keeping their jobs so when they get the chance to make money they take it because they dont know if they will loose their job and then can't support themselves and maybe their families. There are such big awards that people strive for like getting into Harvard or getting a promotion that people will do whatever it takes to get that award even if it is cheating. People who are struggling to get by think that the government is unfair and against them...not trying to help them so they cheat every chance they get. Supposably hard work is the key to success but when people see that other people cheat and meet that same success then they are like why am I doing this hard work when I can just cut corners and cheat. People see things so unfairly, there has to be equality in order to get past the cheating so people can enforce the fair rules, and people have better economic statuses so they don't go to the last resort of cheating just make ends meet. We have to teach the early generations of ethics so they don't loose their ethics when they have an option. Ethics need to be enforced in schools, work, ect. So that this cheating culture can die as the new fair generations come in.
The problem of this article could be that individuals have been introduced to the "good life" or "life that should be" and using their own selfishness have began to take a short cut, cheating, but because cheating and corruptness has become apart of everyday life, people look over them as if nothing is happening, and still individuals are portrayed as "good citizens." People feel that they have a disadvantage if they play by the rules of that which is socially acceptable. In order to solve this problem, one must eliminate his individual self-ishness and realize that playing by the "official rules" can get you just as far, with less worry and baggage to judge you on which is wrong or right.
Cheating has increased as time progresses in every field of life and is beginning to be adopted by the majority as being correct, when it has not been accepted as right in the past. The guilt of cheating is beginning to slack and slowly disappearing.
The author suggests that cheating should be controlled, although it will be nearly impossible to destroy cheating. He proposes that a majority view should be the standard and a use of what the people develop of a standard should be taught to future generations to try to get their ethical code functioning to make them think that cheating is wrong, although he also proposes that cheating is accepted by society and therefore, it is right. One ought not to cheat, but can as it can put one ahead of the others.
The problem is that the author of this article is suggesting that all individuals that are not of an upper financial or social status, are greatly tempted by many factors to reach success. That these acts of "cheating" are not considered wrong under the circumstances. However ethics are not just black and white so sometimes it comes to a certain situation whether it was entirely wrong of the individual to cheat. In fact you could argue that they weren't think and just followed their gut instinct. I think that a possible solution is to trust that the individuals gut instinct would be leading essentially in the "good" path, however the ATM looter fiasco is quick to dismiss this solution. That doesn't mean that their actions were correct though.
I think that the problem is the standards are so high and people freak out because they are pressured to be wealthy which according to some people equals happiness and a life free of worries.
I think the solution is to encourage people to do things in the future that they want to do instead of telling everybody to be a docter, lawyer, or CEO. We also need to bcome a united nation with no divisions and to create more job opportunities that will secure at least $70,000 a year because this is enough for food, other necessities, and a few extra things that will show people to not worry because you know what to expect later on in your life which is why people freak out because they doubt if they can live a comfortable life.
Cheating is something that “everybody does”. It will soon get to the point where it will become the right thing to do.
More than 50% of the society’s population cheat; this allows cheating to become the majority view of the people. This majority view can become the community standard. The problem is that, in most cases, including this one, the majority view is agreeing on what is wrong. You can’t have a “false community standard.” In this case also, the people who are doing right, or not cheating, are not given any credit for working harder than the cheaters. People are influenced to cheat through temptation, bigger rewards for winning, new pressures, and trickle down corruption.
The cheating is a phase in history. We need to come up with a way to make history move faster or to make change arrive sooner. We need to destroy the reasons to cheat.
1. The problem suggested in the article is that people use a highly-moral compass when deciding things such as sex or family, but using an almost-zero morality compass for careers, money, and success. Perhaps people have lost morality when it comes to cheating to get ahead. It also suggests that new pressures, bigger rewards for winning, temptation, and trickle-down corruption drives our society to cheat.
2.The possible solution suggested in the article is that we need to have a real talk about cheating, in other words, an honest conversation. The author also recommends reading the final chapter. He suggests more shared economic opportunity, a stronger democracy, a renewed vitality of community life, a sustained assault on cheating, and a stronger code of ethics.
HOW CAN THE SOLUTION BE HONEST WHEN THE CONVERSATION IS NOT?
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