Is Corruption a way of Life?

India
September 18, 2010 9:19am CST
Scandals, rackets, bankruptcy, market crash all have one thing in common- corruption. Ranging from petty bribes to million dollar rackets, corruption has permeated our society. I understand that one of mankind's oldest dreams was to get something from nothing and corruption, to some, shows the way to achieve something through minimal effort, but at the cost of disrupting others' lives. Do you think corruption can be a way of life? Do people choose to be corrupt or is it forced upon them, a form of peer pressure. After all we are no strangers to people being forced at gunpoint to yield to the will of some men. Can we really help it? Are we really aware of this evil. If yes why can't we nullify it?
9 responses
• Philippines
19 Sep 10
It is undeniable that corruption is everywhere and it happens to be a way of life for some.. I don't think people chooses to be that kind (corrupt).. For example, a certain politician always gave help for the people who are asking it, and that the politician gets the money from his own pocket. The deeds spread out and that other people come to the politician to ask some help. (Do you think the politician have enough to give his help to the needy?)Certainly, the politician forced to be. On the other hand, some are really corrupt with that million rackets of less efforts just for their own good to meet their desires and demand. And that the people suffers most..
• India
19 Sep 10
Now that you mentioned politicians, let me ask you a question. We work for a certain amount of time and get paid. Politicians, being human also expect the same. However they are requested to extend their reach again and again to accomplish some difficult task or help someone out. Now who would help out people using their professional skills without expecting payment? If he is doing you a favor using his political connections, he would certainly expect some sort of monetary renumeration. However when he does ask for this money, he is called corrupt and asking for bribes.
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
(Now, who would help out people using their professionals skills without expecting payment?) No one would try to, that is what I have answered (Do you think the politician have enough to give his help to the needy?) Certainly, the politician forced to be. (forced to be corrupt) It was good that a politician is doing a favor to some, however he gets back his monetary help from corrupting and bribery.
@bird123 (10349)
• United States
19 Sep 10
IT'S GREED!!!! People place money and possessions over everything else. With greed, someone always gets hurt. No one forces. It is a CHOICE!! AS with all choices, consequences follow to teach.
• India
19 Sep 10
Yes, consequences do teach you. But sometimes I believe you're not left with any choices. You are cornered with nowhere to go. On the contrary, it also becomes an obvious choice when it's a win-win situation for all parties. For example, I have been a benefactor of corruption but not really out my own volition. I went to a driving school who also offer you the service of helping you apply for your licence. Well it so happened that later I found out that while some had to wait over an hour in queues, I had my application done in 5 minutes. Why? Because the driving school agent paid some touts to hasten the process and this money did come out of my pocket but I was unaware as it was part of the school fees.
@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
19 Sep 10
Is everyone corrupt? No! Therefore it's choice a person makes. The fact that there is so much corruption just means that that is what the majority of people are choosing. Many are just law-abiding because they fear being caught and being sent to prison. I say that because when the police go on strike then there is all kinds of looting and not just by a few people but by a lot of people. I still say that no one gets away with anything. There will be a day of reckoning! Personally I enjoy having a good conscience and sleeping peacefully at night. I think that is much more valuable than money.
• India
19 Sep 10
Good conscience and sleeping peacefully you say. Well one might argue that you can have both even when you have committed what is generally accepted to be a crime. For example, when some terrorists kill innocent people they might have good conscience as well as peaceful sleep because they perceive it as a job well done that will reward them. So what you and I feel when we help someone in need, he feels by killing. I personally feel that conscience and peace are defined by parameters completely constructed by our own mind. I have some core beliefs and they define my conscience. And day of reckoning. Well the world is not absolute my friend. It's relative. Your reckoning differs from mine because your beliefs differ from mine.
@doormouse (4619)
18 Sep 10
corruption is not good,but it will always be around no matter how hard we try to get rid of it,people will always think that should have something for nothing,that they are owed something in life for whatever reason,i think it's naturally in some people to be like this
• India
18 Sep 10
Good compact reply. By the way I sent you a message do check it out please.
• United States
18 Sep 10
If you want to help fight this evil you got to speak up and be heard. This way when someone hears you they might help you then you have a more powerful voice. Spread the word and people might change. My point is that if the world takes notice these corrupt living people might get insecure and realize what they are doing is bad for the people around them. I think they are aware it's just that they don't care about others well being as much as for their immediate family or themselves. For example, In your town there was a couple of bombings in the area, then Many people got hurt including your family, now where will you check first if you are to go there, your family or the other people?
• India
18 Sep 10
Yes you're right. We all have the basic instinct to tend to ourselves. But as they say two heads are better than one. So I think you need a mass shift in human awareness to solve the problem. Anyways good post.
@sunlove (39)
• China
19 Sep 10
I dont know.In my country,corruption is everywhere.
• Philippines
19 Sep 10
I don't think so. But where the practice is endemic, you could get drown in it so you go with the flow. It is more structural, I think. I know of people who enter one corrupt system and becomes corrupt or they leave before they are corrupted.
• India
18 Sep 10
In my country corruption is the one of the biggest problem... N thts in INDIA.... may u all knw about it... they just thought its a shotcut to be rich fastly.... they don't thnk about the results of this... they dnt even think that by doing this they are stoping their own nation from developing.. they are just interested to get their pockets full of cash...
@kai9999 (1703)
• India
18 Sep 10
you can find corruption in any country even in powerful countries, but unfortunately in our country, corruption is in just passion that it harms nation a lot. our politics steal money from people and give it at the time of election. in the mean time it is stored in banks of other countries, benefiting them and not us.