Corruption - the enemy within us and around us

We know corruption is bad, we argue about its consequences but we have been obsessed with its causes and the perpetrators. The main point of academic, activist and reformist attention view has been; whether it is the supply or the demand side of corruption; whether the offender is at home or abroad (or both), whether the method used was a bribe or a kickback; whether we are dealing with petty or grand corruption, and how much is it and where does it happen; if and how we can ensure that not only individuals but also that legal entities be responsible for acts of corruption and so on.

We know corruption is bad, we argue about its consequences but we have been obsessed with its causes and the perpetrators. The main point of academic, activist and reformist attention view has been; whether it is the supply or the demand side of corruption; whether the offender is at home or abroad (or both), whether the method used was a bribe or a kickback; whether we are dealing with petty or grand corruption, and how much is it and where does it happen; if and how we can ensure that not only individuals but also that legal entities be responsible for acts of corruption and so on.

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual; the former invariable endangers the morals of an entire country. I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball; we entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy. Personally, I don’t think solving corruption is such a big problem. Corruption I feel is really about Power and Greed. Nearly all men can stand adversity – but if you want to test a man’s character, give him Power. People with Power end up using it – they might start out using their powers for the good of others, but eventually, they end up using it just because they can. It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. On the other hand people who are sane don’t seek power; they prefer other things like love or intellectual satisfaction.

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.

‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’

I love Gandhi’s words of wisdom on corrupt people. ‘I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.’

Corruption leads to uncertainty in economic translations, and the surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike rather than those who think differently.

My humble opinion is: If you have power you tend to do things because you can, rather than because you should, and if you have absolute power, like a dictator, it’s impossible for you to know the difference anymore between right and wrong. Because I believe whoever seeks power in the first place is morally week and mentally confused.

I think it is very funny that the water we drink has to be purified, but look at the trash we feed our minds, prime ingredients to corrupt our thinking.

Two powerful forces keep stoking the fires of corruption – Selfishness and Greed!

Greed is the thirst for money. A greedy person will do anything possible to get it and always have been that way, while corruption is starting out as a good person, then breaking down and giving into money. They lose their cause and think only about money, while corruption starts out well, but then goes downhill from there. But corruption means you have lost the difference between what is right and wrong or in some cases purpose. And remember this piece of advice....

Bad company corrupts good character!

June Molony can be contacted on 087 9352773