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Cheaters

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It seems to me that everything in life is a matter of degrees.  I mean, everything really is connected to its essence, differentiated only by levels removed.  For instance, cheating is cheating and cheaters use rhetoric to minimize it at whatever level they’re at.  All of the Wall Street types that disclaimed any responsibility for their actions and their millions in the wake of the dot com, or housing or banking crisis use essentially the same language as people who use other people to buy points in video games, or Twitter followers of Facebook fans.  I guess everybody else who reads the rules and plays for the fun or the challenge are basically dolts and idiots to be used, squeezed and summarily ridiculed.  Of course, Wall Street cheating might make someone in Des Moines realize they’re wiped out and jump out of a window, whereas someone finding out their co-worker just bought 10,ooo twitter followers might just get a little pissed off.  The affect doesn’t cause the same effect, even if the intention is the same – to shortcut.  Still, that neighbor grilling steaks and bragging that he filed bankruptcy while you’re cutting coupons could raise the water temperature a bit.

Reminds me of that old joke; a man approaches a hooker and says, “Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?” and the hooker says, “Sure.”  Then he says “Would you sleep with me for a dollar?”  Indignant, she asks, “What kind of person do you think I am?” to which he replies, “The type of person you are has already been established.  The only sticking point now is price.”

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Written by Interviewer

September 14, 2012 at 08:18

Posted in Scratchpad

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