Of Shakespeare, Bridges, and Mirrors

"This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night to the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." The words of William Shakespeare, spoken by Polonius to his son Laertes in Hamlet, have never been more appropriate. Meanwhile, author David Callahan, in his book The Cheating Culture, draws a chilling picture of American society. Every generation has had its share of cheaters, but he says the past 20 years have wrought a pervasive willingness to use any means necessary—right or wrong—to get ahead. Driven by greed, behaviors once thought reprehensible are now considered normal and, to many, essential. Callahan divides American society into two groups: the winning class and the anxious class. Members of the winning class feel above the rules, while those in the anxious class are afraid to lose their share of the bounty in a winner-take-all society. When

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