Originally Posted by InfinitePossibility
I don't know that just because things are widespread makes them okay.
Of course not. For instance acknowledging that pollution is widespread doesn't make it OK either.
However accepting the reality of something is often the first step in doing something about it. The Chinese have for years tried to deny that there was a problem with their air. It's only when people literally start to drop dead from respiratory impairment (along with protests in the streets) that something starts to happen!
I think, for many people, accepting that they are engaged in a harmful activity when cheating is often the first step towards them choosing better options. It can be difficult to re-evaluate ones behaviour though, and it takes a good deal of courage to be open and honest about this process - especially in this forum!