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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.

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