Word For the Day: Corruption
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What is Corruption?

According to Wikipedia corruption is "a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one's private gain." Corruption is a cancer that is eating down many communities like termites slowly everyday. We may think of corruption as apolitical activity alone, but it is broader than that. 

The lowest part we can identify corruption is a family setting. It is said charity begins at home, but it is not always the absolute truth. Families are the most corrupt institutions under the sun. This begins with the idea of favoritism whereby a parent is compelled one child over the rest, which in turn brews enmity. Sometimes a child has to bribe the mother to get something from a father. At the end of the day this does not end at home. The child will also carry these values into the world and begins to bribe his passes in school, his way out of an over speeding ticket and so forth. Thus, corruption also begins at home.

Corruption also grows into the society at large. Community leaders have become even more corrupt than one can ever picture in their mind. Imagine having relief supply after a devastating plague and your community leader requests you to pay first before you get food for your family. Take note that these supply are donations meant to be distributed equally. That is how some members of society have become so evil to benefit from the misfortune of others.

Then we elevate it to the political arena. Some grown adults have vowed to cling onto authority be it by hook or crook. Regardless of their weak leadership and failures, they never dream of relinquishing power. They will even kill to stay in power and use money to buy loyal followers who will fight for them when the pot gets hot. No wonder they said power corrupts.

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