Power and Corruption, change begins with us


These are two parallel lines that man has made to meet.

I believe the state of being powerful gives the opportunity to attain heights and goals without stress. So why the corruption?

Is power corrupt? Power itself does not corrupt, but it reveals and magnifies corruption that is already present in many people, powerful or not. For humans to be corrupt, they must be corrupt at heart, even without power.

The phenomenon of power and corruption combined is a total disaster that depicts the surge of disagreement between the human mind and due processes or protocols that have bred the "short cuts to success" we see today.

The grip of power and corruption burns households, workplaces, schools, and not merely the national government. It is quite understandable that corruption is like a pandemic and no one is spared. 

In the various stages of human life, no one has been able to achieve zero corruption because, as power increases, morality becomes less of a fault. 

The decadence fueled by corruption can be a result of poverty, greed, fear, uncertainty, and weak democracy policies. This is to say that humans without power can be corrupted too.

The phrase "power corrupts" is a bit of a cliche. Power is never and will never be a mistake of an existence: power inspires us to confront challenges and aim better at goals, which is easily accomplished when having the upper hand, but the misuse and abuse of power is where corruption comes in; it heightens pre-existing ethical tendencies and makes humans take "ethical shortcuts" to achieve aims, and when this becomes a lifestyle, men then create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it, a moral code that glorifies it, and tags this mediocre rule "the end justifies the means".

Economic loss and efficiency, inequality, crimes, diminished state capacity, impunity, human rights violations, to mention but a few, are proudly sponsored by corruption and abuse of power.

Nevertheless, corruption can be controlled, though there is no trusted path to reform. Potential success factors include collaboration and coordination, the rule of law, responsiveness, accountability, building trust, reporting corruption, taking advantage of windows of opportunity, building and harnessing leadership will and followers' support for good governance, changing expectations, reshaping the policy arena and promotion of transparency. Wes Felser said, and I quote, "Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption."

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Okechukwu Precious


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