I have always wondered why people cheat, and I am not referring to relationships, but to other ethical situations. As a child I was always taught that cheaters never win, and that cheating is done for instant gratification, but I have since learned that cheating is no “short game.” Cheating is much like lying in a sense, and I guess it can be referred to as another form of lying. Cheating is not a one time decision, when a person decides to cheat they must then make provisions for the future of their deceitful endeavors. As an example, a person who cheats on an entrance exam must figure out a way to continue to cheat in order to keep up the charade of being a successful student, as well as find ways to keep others in the dark about their actions. In my opinion, cheating is as difficult as actually getting the work done, and individuals who cheat will always be in fear of getting caught. People who cheat do it because they cannot live without believing they have succeeded. These individuals have basically given up on trying to hone a skill or reach a goal, and have found a way to get past the difficulty of a task without doing the work. Cheating is the ultimate level of self gratification, when someone cheats, they are basically saying “I don’t care about anything or anyone as long as I get recognition.” Many famous individuals have been caught cheating and the first thing they do is apologize to the public and their families, while I consider myself the forgiving type, there is always a part of me that believes no cheater is ever really sorry. Cheating has become something that is seen as a spur of the moment thing, but cheating is and has always been a long term heavily thought out action. Individuals who involve themselves in cheating never plan to apologize, because they plan to never get caught. The best thing anyone can do is just work hard, and use their gifts wisely, cheating causes more problems than it’s worth.