There was once a writer named Edward Everette Hale who once wrote this dialogue between two characters, one was a chaplain and the other a layman. The layman asked, “Do you pray for the Senators, Dr. Hale?”. The chaplain who goes by the name of Dr. Hale replied, “No. I look at the Senators and pray for the country.”
One would wonder why Edward Everette wrote those words, and if one would to take a close look and really see what is happening all around us, one would easily see the reason why. I believe that, among other things, congress is strange. Why? You may ask. It is because it is in congress where one could see a man get up to speak and say nothing, and yet nobody listens but then everybody disagrees. With a congress like that, how can you expect anything to be done in a country?
I can retain neither respect nor affection for a government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immortality, and I am certain that a lot more share the same sentiment. We may be young, we may only be called ‘Youth’ and may often be thought of as the ‘group who cares not for the nation’, but that is not true. We may only be students in the view point of adults, but if you really look at it we know much more about discerning right from wrong than most adults in power…now isn’t that something?
You know another thing that’s funny is how we address most of these people as ‘Honorable’ when there’s nothing worth honoring about them when they hide in their little facade of being chosen to sit on a position posing as a person doing something valuable for their country when all they do is take all the money the people have worked so hard to attain (which they do so by taxes and our infamous corruption). Dignity consist not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them and those kind of people definitely do not deserve to be called as such.
Graft and corruption. It has been the constant problem from generation to generation. It would appear that no matter how much we voice out our concerns on this subject, that nothing would change and that our voices would remain just whispers to the ears of those who have sworn to serve the people.
Corruption is both a major cause and a result of poverty around the world. It occurs at all levels of society, from local and national governments, civil society, judiciary functions, large and small businesses, military and other services. Corruption affects the poorest of the poor, whether in rich or poor nations. There is perhaps, no country in our world today where graft and corruption are nonexistent – it has, in a way, merged with our civilization and our culture.
Bribes, the most basic form of graft and corruption is something that can almost always be seen done by those in authority. Sometimes by the Traffic Aides, sometimes in small institutions. There are even news concerning priests, ministers, nuns and religious people who are caught taking bribes or giving bribes.
As bad as it may sound, it is perhaps hard not to see that graft and corruption has somehow integrated itself in our society. We may deny it but the inevitable truth still lingers as news upon news, reports upon reports, cases upon cases of such acts continue to pile up and continue to be hidden and turn a blind eye upon by those who can do something about it.
It is perhaps because of the thought that it is already part of our society and culture why people think that it is alright to do these things and get away with them. It is perhaps the failure to make a change causes corruption to soar into new heights and honesty to lose its integrity – which should not happen.
Everyone dreams of change, whether it be changing oneself or the world. But despite the desire, people more often than not, turn their backs on the chance to bring about change. It has been said that humans fear the things that they cannot grasp, control or explain. Their feat is what drives them to choose what they have grown accustomed to. To choose the familiar rather than the new.
This is what I believe is what is causing graft and corruption to continue. It is not a question on whether people are ignorant of corruption but more on the choice that they decided to remain ignorant of it and that they can no longer see any hope of change for our country. They see people standing up to these malicious acts and see no condoning act from the government and so they decide not to take part and to remain in the shadows – remain as spectators.
However, just because graft and corruption are already a part of society does not mean that it would be next to impossible to dispose of it. There is still hope for the nation to rise up from ashes caused by the flames of corruption. There is still a chance for integrity and inner peace to be born anew in the Pearl of the Orient Seas. All we have to do is embrace the chance to change for the better and to continue to pray for our nation’s leaders for a chance to change is coming and we can either remain the way we are now as a nation, or choose to start a new wave – a wave that could cleanse the country of this dilemma.
I believe that this is a necessity for a change. Not a politically but a moral necessity. A sense of this necessity, and a submission to it, is to me a new (in a sense) and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights…and they did and they will do so again. After all, what is a government without its people?