This student figured out how to cheat on his Physics test
Cheating on a test is always a risky endeavor. For one, if you cheat and do you well, you risk destroying your own relationship to your own work. After all, it if worked to cheat, and others who were honest failed, why not lie and cheat all the time? If you can keep climbing hierarchies by cheating while others who study and give it their all do worse than you, then cheating is just the no-brainer situation.
At least, until it distorts you and you no longer understand what you are even capable of, or if you have any abilities at all. That's the toxic gift or poison of violating the rules for your own benefit. "Without God, everything is permitted," so said Dostoevsky. Is this adding up!?!
Well, here's a less heavy and taxing story about cheating. A kid named Andrw on Twitter posted his foolproof method of cheating. It went extremely viral, and well hey, it's pretty damn perfect.
The method seems to have worked very well for Andrw, who says:
"All the space under my nails I've covered with tiny pieces of paper with written formulas."
"I've done a test with the longest and most [EXPLETIVE DELETED] formula with arial font size 3."
"With the printer, I could fit three formulas per nail."
Pretty outrageous, right? It'd be hard to read, and I feel like the test proctor could easily notice, if you're constantly turning over your hands and looking at your inner nails. Though it seems to have worked...for now.
After his initial post got over 200,000 retweets, Andrw wrote:
"BITCH HE DIDNT SEE SHIT AND THE SHITTY ASS FORMULAS HELPED LIKE I HAVE PASSED FOR SURE OMG"
But, it may be a short-lived celebration, as after all:
"my notifications wont stop growing and my phone cant handle it so i had to silence them rip...im sure my physhics teacher alredy saw this lmao"
Well, even if so, it was a good caper while it lasted. The glitter on the nails looks like my sister's too, so this guy clearly has experience with nail-glitter and what not.
Before the internet, an incident like this would be a little secret, perhaps far more pure. A few of his close friends would know about it, and would it be a little private event in his life. Now, for some reason, thousands of strangers need to know about it. Why is that? Doesn't it devalue our own experiences?
If something isn't real until it's public and liked by the masses, a thousand happy emojis floating across the screen in reaction to what you've done, then the public nature of the act is more important than the cheating itself. That's why Andrw was willing to have his teacher find out about the cheating rather than keep it to himself and not have viral fame.
Succeeding in a plan or getting famous for a plan are now opposed goals. If you fail but get famous, that's better overall. And that's a metaphor for a lot going on in our society.