Currently, the definition of corruption is #”the misuse of entrusted power for private gain”. At first I thought that was about as good as it could get. However, a more scientific definition was coined by #professor (emeritus) dr. Petrus van Duyne. He defines corruption as a fallacy in the decision-making process of a person as he chooses to neglect the rules in the hopes of a reward.
So, in other words, it could be called a shortfall in a person’s ability to distinguish right from wrong, a moral decadence. This is what i will be talking about, morals and ethics, always concerning corruption. Whenever someone participates in corruption, we can say he basically sees things in tunnel vision with a complete disregard for others. He has a singular purpose, to resolve his own matters without the slightest consideration of the damage caused to others. This shows a very weak person with a fragile sense of morals and ethics. He always tries to find the easy way out and refuses to face the consequences of his actions.
Apart from being a parasite of society, this shameless person will manifest his lack of ethics in many other areas of his private life aswell. He can be called an unreliable person, at best. And, we didn’t even mention the simple and obvious fact that taking part in corruption means breaking the law. It is said that family is the building block of society.
However, individuals are the building blocks of family, so we would not be wrong in saying that individuals are the building blocks of society. Personally, I think that society is a mirror that reflects its peoples’ true identity. A society made up of morally weak people is doomed to fall. Corruption will eat it from the inside out and there can be no salvation because everyone will be too corrupt to see beyond their noses.
If we were to imagine a society made of morally strong and virtuous people, then we would be dealing with a fair, developed and exemplary society. Corruption is truly a serious matter of the gravest importance. I will try to name a few ways that we can reduce corruption, simply by being more conscious and improving ourselves. In the war against corruption, education is the secret weapon that can guarantee us the victory. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
After learning how to distinguish right from wrong we need to strengthen our moral muscles in order to chase only what is right and just. It may be the most difficult thing to do, but it’s in our own benefit in the long run. When we have established a sense of adamant integrity, that’s when we are on the right track and should be proud of ourselves. Simply put, corruption is a shortcoming of human nature but something that can be recovered nonetheless. With a hefty amount of discipline and determination, every person can become a moral beacon in his society and an example to be followed.
It is very easy to fall prey to corruption but it is equally important not to. The fate of the entire society depends on the choices of each and everyone of us. While I am fully aware that this essay will not pave the way towards a perfect society made of perfect individuals, I remain confident that the points discussed here will be able to make a positive change.