..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Corruption is omnipresent...and omnipotent

Corruption has many meanings and a multitude of levels, but it all has the same effect. It destroys its host. Cancer is a corruption of the growing and healing process,...and corruption is a cancer found everywhere, pure and simple.

Corruption can find its beginnings as subtly as abusing a parking space. After all, where's the harm in parking illegally, just for a few minutes, or when time seems to be at a premium? If nothing is said, it makes it that much more likely to be repeated, often under less compelling circumstances. Eventually, it's assumed to be alright, even a given, and then perhaps as an entitlement. That little journey can translate into larger issues and have an equally disturbing impact on how such behaviour eventually changes the mindset of the offender.

While it's definitely not limited to any particular demographic, it seems to have a more significant impact on those who see themselves as somewhere above the average Joes and Janes of the world. A greater sense of entitlement seems to be part of the psyche that drives these people. It is not easy for them to take 'NO' for an answer. This mindset is fertile ground for the seeds of corruption.

There's a notion that we have small 'c' and big 'C' corruption and that small 'c' is less offensive, more benign than its bigger sibling. That's an illusion; it all springs from the same seed - greed. But if we accept that the small c version actually is less offensive, we're far more likely to excuse it when we encounter it and even  succumb to it ourselves. It seems to be the "it's not hurting anyone" variety. We tend to rate corruption by a scale that's linked to the intended benefit.

Corruption knows neither guilt nor remorse.

One may say, "What if actions seen as corrupt are precipitated by coercion, blackmail or similar pressure from criminal forces upon the apparent offender?" That's actually flow-though corruption and is only corruption in its own right if there is a viable option to refuse capitulation. If there is no viable option to avoid abetting such intentions, it's not corruption, rather it's self-defense. The corruption label goes on the perpetrators of those actions.

Corruption is an absolute; there is no 'corruption-lite'. Something or someone is either corrupt or not. Any amount of tolerance means corruption is present and active. Religion calls it 'sin'. It tells us we're all sinners, hence we're all corrupt. That's a bitter pill to swallow for most of us. The risk of accepting that is that if we're all corrupt, why bother to even try to reject our innate tendency to accept corruption as a human weakness? The only answer I can offer for that is inner peace that one can garner from doing the best we can to reject personal corruption. If we were to all to do that, there would be no corruption to speak of in our human world.

If that's so hard to grasp, try pointing to corruption in the animal kingdom.

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