There are really only two ways to approach this:
“We do not cheat.”
“We cheat when we can get away with it.”
The attitude of, “our side does not cheat,” is the belief in the validity of the game itself.
It is a statement of moral authority, a promise of consistency and courage. It respects and values the process.
The attitude of, “cheat if you can,” is the belief in the ends at any cost. It degrades the system, because if everyone cheats, then there is no system left.
Cheaters often brag about their exploits, because they want to normalise them. When we all cheat, then we don’t feel bad about our actions, because “hey, look everyone is doing it.”
Sophisticated competitors, the ones who really want to win, understand that cheating destroys the very thing they set out to do.
Once cheating is normalised, the winner is the person who had the guts to cheat the most and destroy the system, not the one who deserved to win.
Being against cheating does not mean you don’t want to compete, it means that you do.
In every community, on every team, there are people who believe that the only chance they have got is to cheat.
Our systems persist only when our peers in the community step up and insist that the cheater stop.
Because being on a team that wins by cheating is ultimately self-defeating.