I dunno, I agree with you. You did allude that you thought overall people in that thread were lying or overreacting about what their morals would be in practice. But so? I mean yeah writing that kid’s paper isn’t “the right thing to do” but everyone was acting like it was on par with murdering kittens for profit or something. That spoiled rotten kid should write his own fucking paper, and the OP in that thread probably shouldn’t write it for him, but holy crap. I’ve been asked to write papers and do homework before and I’ve never done it. I don’t like freeloaders and even though I could have used the money, I was afraid of being caught and I think it’s bullshit people are that lazy or stupid and are still in college. I tend to view lying, stealing, and cheating as “bad” but that doesn’t mean I’ve never written an answer on a desk when I was freaked out about a test. It’s not a habit, but it’s happened. Should I be strung up on the rail? No.
Cheating, especially of this level is wrong. It pisses me off that other people are getting degrees based on nothing but cheating and lies. But we have no idea about the facts of this case other than the kid’s dad asked a subordinate to write one paper, during an apparent stressful time for the kid. No, he should not have asked. He should let Skald tutor but not write. But I think people should stop acting like it is the greatest fucking sin ever committed. The kid’s probably an entitled prick, but he isn’t affecting your life. If I would have replied to Skald’s question in the thread I would have said “No cheating is wrong do not do it. Help him figure it out with some tutoring instead. If the boss says no to tutoring then don’t do anything to help.”
If you’ve honestly never cheated at ALL EVER in your life, not even on something that didn’t matter, then good for you. You’re a liar.