a reply to: Peeple
How is easing pain the same as cheating? I'm really trying to understand and not be a jerk.
I've been a competitor in both tennis and equestrian sports (not anywhere near elite of course but decently up there in equestrian for my region).
I've had stunning wins, dismal failures, and bare misses at first place. But to me, if say in tennis, I won a championship because I used some illegal
substance to seriously up my stamina and shot power, then I couldn't deeply accept it as a win. Like the couple of suggestions here said, if they
wanted to make a specific games or sport where anyone can freely dope, have at it. I won't be interested but I am one piddly voice. But why should we
be OK as a society with cheating?
Being OK with "society being full of doping" is bothersome to me. I am not OK with a society of cheats no matter how much someone tries to smooth it
out. Now, is it realistic to think a society will exist under perfection? No of course not...but that doesn't mean i have to like it.
So then, let's say for a moment the NFL just chills and says, fine dope all you want. Now what? I love the Packers. I want badly to believe they
didn't bribe officials in the Dallas game, but for a moment let's say it was proven.
Here is my challenge to you. IF it was proven, this instant, that Green Bay paid the officials for calls, then are you OK with that? If you are, then
well that's consistency and I'll salute you for it despite thinking it abhorrent.
On the other hand, if you say no, then why? Because it is cheating? Because it is against the rules? Doping is making an unfair advantage and it is
against the rules. Bribing refs for calls is making an advantage and against the rules. So what's the difference? I pay for dope...I pay the refs?
Either way, I could claim that all I am doing is looking to make my city of Green Bay proud of me.
But you might respond, well clearly paying a ref is not the same as doping. Then I have to respond with, why and how can you compare a Vicodin to heal
pain or a cup of coffee with HGH? A cup of coffee is free, legal, and will give you a slight boost. Then again, a pack of Sports Beans will give you a
boost. But are you really trying to compare probiotic yogurt with HGH?
Vicodin relieves pain and allows us to function at a normal capacity that we have already developed. HGH gives us a chance to move PAST our normal
capacity in an unnatural way.