Curious Case of the Cancer called Corruption

Curious Case of the Cancer called Corruption

Curious Case of the Cancer called Corruption
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
– Lord Acton
The human species is lauded, of course by humans themselves, for making mind boggling inventions that no other species can even make in imagination. One such invention that shall survive a nuclear war is corruption. In fact, corruption may be considered an inexhaustible resource that would only grow more rather than diminish. Corruption is thus akin to the dreaded disease like cancer; it grows and spreads in unimaginably large scale, snowballs if confronted. It is also said that, while cancer may be cured, but not corruption.
Much has been said, written, and even done about corruption whether it is curbing it or checking it. But how much has been said about those encouraging corruption? Not much. The encouragement happens from both the initiator (one who voluntarily offers favour in exchange of the work) and the receiver (one who abuses power in exchange for a favour). For some time, it is important to pan the focus on the initiator rather than the receiver, for the initiator is equally responsible for the evil. The initiator looks for getting the work done, even at the cost of favouring the receiver with money or in kind. It definitely takes a will and conscience to resist such temptation. While it is right to expect such a resistance, the person can be spared such a penance. Why not stop offering any favour whether money or in kind? A few initiators might have set the trend for the receivers to demand from everyone, except their kith and kin. Why not replicate the strategy? Why can’t people, even a handful, start resisting the demand? The number might be small in the beginning, but it will definitely grow. Taking inspiration from a few, there shall definitely be an increase in the number of people who resist demands from the corrupt people, and eventually such those who resist will outnumber the corrupt by thousands, and then by millions.
Here is an example of a famous temple in the city of Mysore in India. It is customary to offer vermilion to the devotees after the darshan (witnessing the deity established in the temple in person). However, the priests who offer it, have behind them a board that mentions that the vermilion and holy water is offered to the devotees free of cost, but accept money before giving a packet of vermilion. When a devotee confronted and resisted paying for it, the priests were sweat in fear, and reluctantly offered the vermilion to the devotee. To stop those priests from continuing such a corrupt practice, the other devotees only need to replicate the other devotee – confront and resist corruption. Well, corruption is corruption irrespective of the units of money or favour demanded. So, why confine resistance only to corrupt practices in small scale and spare the larger ones?
As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Humankind has witnessed corruption for centuries, abuse for centuries, discrimination and slavery for centuries. But, what needs to be remembered is certain of these evils have been resisted, confronted and are being put into history. While, history is full of stories, they are all a record of facts that have occurred in real. When revolutions have brought freedom and liberation, why doubt the outcome of a revolution against corruption? Corruption might spread, but when confronted with will power, can definitely be overcome, just like cancer.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy

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