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originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: American-philosopher
Does not cheating imply an agreed upon set of rules? I do not think that one bird agreed with another bird,"hey, lets not take one another's nests."
To my mind, cheating and hypocrisy go hand in hand. A mate who promises fidelity and then dallies with another is a "cheater". A person who sits at a poker table with an established gentlemans set of rules of the game and then pulls an ace from his cuff is a cheater.
To say that cheating is part of human nature I think is short of the point. Do children agree to rules willingly? I think not so much. They have always seemed to me to be rather free agents until they are inculcated with the working rules of their society. When, at an age that they agree with moving forward with their lives with those rules taken axiomatically and they then or later violate those rules, it is not that they are cheating someone else, or the system, but rather that they are violating the creation of themselves which in part was an agreement to those rules.
originally posted by: NarcolepticBuddha
...To cheat is to have an unfair advantage that one would not normally have in a given situation for gain. (my on-the-fly definition for the sake of this thread.)
...Especially in the animal kingdom, different animals are equipped to employ certain techniques for survival.
...I think that's very different than human cheating because it's not like I was born with answers to next week's history test, you know?
originally posted by: Answer
Survival and cheating go hand-in-hand.
It's morality and common sense that tell us it's wrong.
originally posted by: olaru12
originally posted by: Annee
I'd ask: "Is monogamy natural in the human species?"
I'd say NO.
I think the divorce statistics agree.
So, maybe having rules is not natural
originally posted by: American-philosopher
...okay but for animals when you say there cheating to get spoils or food I think there just doing what's natural to eat. Because Iike you say some animals may be predators.