“The worst disease today in the world is corruption. And there is a cure : Transparency.”
Corruption is the root of all evils. I always hear that if governments in developing nations would exclusively center around taking out corruption without doing anything else these nations would be greatly improved off. But here’s the truth – There is no silver slug for battling corruption. Numerous nations have gained noteworthy ground in anti-corruption, however, specialists are dependably vigilant for more arrangements and proof of effect. The origin of corruption in any country crops from one or more of the following factors:
- Government Rules and Pay Scales
- The Tax and Revenue System
- The Education System
- The Political System
- The Election System
- The increasing population
- The uneven distribution of income
Whatever may be the source of it, as the famous saying goes, “Corruption and Violence begins in the mind.”
Corruption is a concept that is actualized by us. People who follow the crooked ways of life support corruption, and unfortunately, role the same behavior to their next generations. This is a big reason why, even after so many initiatives, we are not being able to eradicate corruption completely. Every youngster who does or has done an unacceptable or socially deviant activity, must have had the exposure to such behaviors.
The worst thing about corruption that makes it irresistible to some, is the immediate gains of it. Take bribery for example. I am sure most of us acquainted with this. It is one of the biggest corruption existing. But what makes it tempting is that it brings in an easy flow of money to the taker and an easy escape to the giver. Which is why people use bribes when they want to get something done – faster and hassle free.
Better done than said, if we are able to alter our thinking and are able to give the right messages to our kids, there is a fair chance that the next generations would be free from this evil. Studies have shown than altered thinking can reduce corruption upto 50%, and have recognized “spirituality” to be a good way to change our mind and heart.
Corruption Begins at Home
I dream of a world that is free from corruption. A place where everyone works hard and achieve their dreams. A place that gives break even with everybody in light of their insight and abilities independent of their caste, creed, or religion. A place where people don’t use other people around them to achieve their narrow-minded thoughts and selfish gains.
Having said that, it is also true that while we all keep talking from the perspective of a nation, we should also remember to make our homes free from corruption. Especially in multicultural countries like India where customs like dowry still exist, extra care should be taken to make sure we do not indulge ourselves and the following generation to follow such vices. Corruption alleviation is a bare necessity for a better public life.
The issue of anti-corruption isn’t restricted to youth anymore, the more profound issue is that these tainted youth are getting to be grown-ups. And they are growing up with the values that they see and learn at home. They are supplanting the “old monitor,” who construct decisions in light of character and honesty. Today, decisions depend on circumstance morals and acknowledgment of whatever “feels” right.
So what can we do to turn the tide? How can we instill new hope and make our children morally correct?
Passing on the right message
The stepping stone in making our next generations corruption free is by encouraging positive thinking.
It is not an easy task to inform and educate kids about all the disharmony invading the grown-up world. What would be advisable for us to tell our little ones when they are exposed to the worldly vices? When out of the blue they encounter shameless teachers, injurious guardians, religious debasement and the fundamental irregularities that individuals carry on in awful ways?
Most musings concur that there is no compelling reason to start the subject with kids until the point that they discuss it with us. In spite of the fact that there are those that recommend, I do think it is a good idea to caution them against it. Misleading our youngsters, even for the sake of ensuring them, isn’t a sound alternative. Clearly, we don’t need to simply ahead and educate our youngsters the crude truth regarding each disaster throughout everyday life, neither do we need to gruffly enlighten them about brutality and the evil ways of the society.
We need to make them aware and at the same time make them optimistic to dream and yearn for, with trust, with charm and free surrender. Here are some tips to educate your kids about corruption.
- Encourage them to read newspapers. Do not allow your youngsters to watch violent content on the Television, as that would be an extreme way of exposing them to the reality.
- Be their role model. As parents and teachers, we must make sure of what right example we are setting for our kids. For example, if a child grows up seeing his father/mother taking bribes, he/she would grow up believing bribery is a good way to get what you want.
- Do not mislead your child. Inform them about the existing evils and encourage them to overcome hurdles with positivity. Encourage positive thinking, listen to their experiences, trust them and do not judge.
Eradicating Corruption – Start Today
To destroy corruption, beginning at the root level is basic. We ought to bring a startup attitude, where we can think of arrangements rapidly, approve them productively and scale them once they pick up footing.Some steps that we can follow to eradicate corruption are –
- Spread awareness – In countries where the literacy rate is still not 100%, it is vital to make the mass aware of the vicious cycle of corruption. People must be allowed basic education and have the right to raise questions. The more we can make people aware of it, the lesser they would fall prey to corruption.
- Take charge – We are accountable for what we do. There cannot be any excuse for using corrupt means to fulfill our selfish gains and achieve what we want to. The moment we start internalizing this sense of responsibility that we hold to ourselves, we can resist in following the adverse ways.
- Build confidence – This is crucial for us and our kids. Corruption often stems out of failure and rejections. If we can build our confidence and start to look at failures from a positive angle, we can easily hold ourselves back, and eventually, impart the same lesson to our kids.
- Stand up against corruption – It is worth mentioning that we should have the courage to stand up against corruption and protest against anything wrong. No matter whether the perpetrator is a family member or a political leader we admire, our perspectives should be clear enough to separate the good and bad.
It is difficult to break the old propensities all at once, but I am sure that by alternating our views of the world, we can decrease corruption to a great extent. As the famous saying goes, “The duty of the youth is to challenge corruption” — so let us help them do so.