If you make hypothetical statements about moral and ethical dilemmas there must be a philosophical basis for the hypothetical statement. Reducing the differences of a variably controlled law such as traffic speed limits which are done in the best interest of public safety by those sworn to protect it and a sport regulation or by-law which prohibits use of performance enhancing drugs to keep the integrity of the sporting result is inconceivable to draw such a parallel.
Inconveivable? Please. There is no more variabililty in traffic law enforcement than there is in athletics. There are areas where you can get away with it unchallenged, and there are areas where the penalty is certain, swift and severe, traffic fines or drug testing, enforcement is inconsistent and certainly variable.
On the surface there may be similarities, but the context is what makes them different. Laws and rules are objective, but can only be subjectively enforced.[/quote}Exactly, both are objective in nature and subjectively enforced in practice. Some one who runs, jumps, or throws for money either has the ability to do these things for money or not. If they don’t they should have picked another sport or profession or take up a side profession. In the case of the trucker, every one has the same limitations to deliver from point A to point B. The biggest difference between the two situations is exactly this, in sport no everyone has the same limitations, but in the delivery of goods from A to B everyone has the same limitations,…[snip]
Look at it this way. An uneducated, not incredibly intelligent but very near-elite level athlete is about to lose his job to someone stronger and faster and who is probably cheating. He has done everything he can to improve, and has no other options that are remotely comparable in terms of salary, so he has the choice of cheating, like his replacement, or giving up his golden ticket. The trucker has the same choice. He can’t do anything else that will earn him the money he makes trucking (just take my word on that assumption). He can cheat or lose his golden ticket.
There is a parallel if you don’t spend all your time trying to complicate the issue. Would you speed? Yes or no. Would you take PEDs if you were that athlete? Yes or no.