CHEATING AT SPORT A BIG MULTINATIONAL INDUSTRY: hard to think what to do to stop it.
An old man was teaching his grandson to play chess – as an incentive offering him lollies if he managed to win.
During each game grandpop would wander off for a while. When he returned, sometimes his rook or a couple of pawns or something would have disappeared from the board.
The boy was winning a few games.
Grandpop didn’t comment.
Later on however the boy stopped having any wins — although some contests were close — and the “disappearances” weren’t happening any more.
They had a man-to-man talk.
“Why did you cheat?”
“I wanted lollies.”
“Why did you stop?”
“Now I want to be a good player more than I want lollies.”
This story sheds light on the current epidemic of cheating in tennis, athletics, cycling etc.
It also sheds light on everything.
Do you want to be good at being rich, famous and envied by others?
Or do you want to be good full stop?
If you’re sure that God doesn’t exist, concentrate on cheating, wheeling-and-dealing and general show-pony-ing.
If God doesn’t exist, there’s no motivation to do anything else.