If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?
No. Even if I didn’t get caught, I’d still know I cheated. In the moment, my conscience might let me get away with it. But, long-term, there’s no way I’d be able to deal. I’d feel guilty about it.
This is the guy who forged his dad’s signature on a permission slip so I could go on a field trip to the science museum in 9th grade. It wasn’t that my dad didn’t want me to go. I just forgot to get it signed. It was a victimless crime. But I still confessed later. Even told my dad to ground me. Not sure if he actually did or not.
Would you be willing to cheat on that test?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.