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What is corruption? I don't want to copy any definition from the Internet so I'll rather offer my own one. To me corruption means bending the rules of the fair game into your advantage. It means employing your friends and relatives to positions that should be neutral. It also means rigging the job offers to suit certain individuals that you might know or are connected with.
I really, really, really hate corruption! Without going into personal details, I have been damaged by it, myself. When I remember those situations I get filled with an immense anger, and desire for revenge. As Carl Panzram, an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist,robber and burglar once said: "The only thanks you and your kind will ever get from me for your efforts on my behalf is that I wish you all had one neck and that I had my hands on it." And he said those things to the human rights activists that were ready to intervene for him and against his death penalty.
So, if I say that corruption can drive people to nihilistic and murderous rage than I'm not exaggerating a bit. At least that's how I feel. In my experience, when person is wronged by corruption it almost feels like someone denies your humanity and basic human rights. And it torments your soul to the great extent; it feels like you are engaged in Sisyphean work.
There were numerous examples of people's rising against corruption in the past decade but unfortunately they weren't accurately portrayed in the media. In countries like Bosnia&Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Lebanon, Romania, South Africa, and South Korea.
We can notice that these countries are located worldwide and that some of them have rarely anything in common but they still equally feel the injustice and deprivation caused by the corruption. It is life's inevitability that political systems produce inequality and deprive people. If politicians don't defend the deprived and dispossessed than you have the people's uprising happening.
In my opinion it doesn't matter which political option, right or left is in power, if they don't bridle the corruption in acceptable limits than the people have the right and duty to stand against it. Let's not be naive here, corruption was and always will be part of society, but the key thing is not to let it spread out of control. When people propagate it, that creates the negative energy throughout society, and if enough people are doing it than you have an unbearable condition in the state.
I can understand the people in power, why they want to help their own, and have their relatives and peers around them but I cannot understand that they don't see the bigger picture. It's almost like that picture where some boat on a water has a hole and people on the side of the boat where the hole is are pumping the water out, and others on the "dry side" are not doing anything, saying that it's not their problem. And they fail to see that everyone is about to sink. That is, in my opinion, the picture that perfectly describes the corruption in a state.
Although the corrupt are profiting on the short term, they fail to understand that they are undermining the cohesive energy of society. They are literally destroying the communal purpose and capacity that are so important for any state.
Why would someone call himself American, Frenchman or Vietnamese if their state is not being fair towards all of her citizens? By putting certain groups of people in front of a whole nation is not a good thing in my opinion. Best way would be to propagate two levels of civil life, first the individual one, and, second, the national one. By putting strong emphasis on some group (especially political party) other than those two levels only undermines the state's cohesion.
Political party thus becomes "a state within a state" and tends to oppose and deprive all those who are not members of it.
In sincere hope that our, great, North American continent won't sink in a sea of corruption I will finish this article.