Corruption: Far More Than Just Bribes
Sometimes I imagine what it would be like if all the people working for the country were honest and competent in their field. People who always think of what they could give or do for their country. People who will say “no” to corruption and work together regardless of religion and ethnicity. What a rich, advanced and beautiful country Indonesia would be.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupts power.”
Corruption is a problem faced by every country and every country has its own system to combat it. Some systems work, some don’t. I think corruption is caused more by the mentality of those involved. What makes it worse sometimes is some people don’t seem to realize that they have become corrupt, so when they accept a bribe and just thank God as if it were a gift.
When corruption has become endemic to a country, it will then be judged that most people in the country have the potential to become corrupt.
Besides the practice of giving or accepting a bribe, corruption is also defined as a spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal.
Corruption does not only happen in the political world but also in our everyday lives by doing simple things that most people think they are not corruption. But I say these activities can still be considered corruption.
For example, if you drive a car through a red traffic light, and the traffic is not busy, no police are around, there is no CCTV and it is still safe to keep going, would you proceed while you have children with you in the car? If you don’t stop, you are a bad role model.
You have a piece of gum and are trying to find a trash bin but you can’t find one. At the same time, you see some trash lying on the ground. Will you throw your gum there or keep it in your mouth until you find a rubbish bin?
You are a man who is away and your wife is not with you. A friend suddenly rings and offers you a girl. Will you accept the offer? If you decline, would you still say ‘no’ if all of a sudden a beautiful girl comes up just in front of you while no one else is around?
What I have mentioned above is only three examples of many, done by many people who do it without feeling any guilt.
Corruption is cruel because it keeps a country poor and backwards. It results in many children who can’t go to school, many sick people who die, and many competent people who don’t have opportunities to get good jobs.
That is why we have to help combat corruption by starting with ourselves. At the very least, we shouldn’t be bad examples to our children, because they are the future.