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Bribery, take a Stand

Updated on December 28, 2012

Bribery is the synonym of Corruption. It is a crime and should not be accepted world wide. But, is found everywhere, and is practiced by all of mankind.

We have heard the word, corruption umpteen times but little do we realize that this word is our life and our life revolves around it. We see corruption almost everywhere. It is evil and is considered immoral. Corruption is like contaminating one's body, mind and soul. But many of us indulge in it in our day to day lives and are un-aware of it. There are people who feel that if the road leading to corruption, is taken; it will definitely lead to success.

Is that true?

Does being corrupted makes our life easier? Will we be able to attain salvation amidst our corrupted mind, body? However, in today's world, we see our politicians and the corporate world opt for that road and they see light at the end of the tunnel which leads to attainment of desires and luxury.

Is that what we want to attain towards the end of our life...JUST the comforts of the world? Why don't these people who indulge their hands in corruption ever think of comfort beyond the materialistic world?

When corruption takes place, innocent people are the victims. Classic and current example is the rise in the gas prices of US. Why is the unrest in Libya to be blamed for the increase in gas prices? Our oil reserves come from other countries, don't they? Now, whether we blame the dollar dying globally which could be the result of increase in gas prices or blame it on any country...someone is getting richer by the minute here while the innocent public is paying the price!

Salt Lake City is sitting on crude oil since many years but has this brought the end of US being dependent on other countries for our oil supplies OR will there be a clause in sight where in spite of we having the resources, will not do the a question!!

Fighting corruption

Lately, in India a veteran by the name of Anna Hazare is creating waves by standing up against corruption and creating quite a stir throughout the world by his fast onto death until the bill against corruption is passed. Now, with the existence of the non-corruption bill; the real fight against corruption starts with the challenges of booking "corrupt" people under the bill.

Will that be a mystery!!

Earlier corruption was considered a Taboo word and was only committed in the dark but, now it is considered an elite word and people do not deny being corrupted. Is it because, being corrupted is the way to go!! It is the way to success and the way to show the people that you are bold and fearless of the consequences.

Unfortunately, the consequences for being corrupt are none since ALMOST everyone is corrupt on this planet that no one will be punished.

But, for the purity of the mind and the soul, let us be aware of this corrupt word which has engulfed our life into the wheel of sorrow. Let us make an effort to be aware of our surroundings and take a stern stand on corruption. The youth of today will be the citizens of tomorrow and how we mold ourselves today will help us shape our future. So, let us join hands and take a stand on corruption so that every price rise can be questioned and innocent people do not become victims!


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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You are so right, it's the innocent who suffer when corruption exists. Great thougthts and ones we should all strive to support. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Corruption stems from being self-serving. If people realize that there is more than enough to go around for everyone, they would not create situations where things are cornered and power only benefits a few. Thanks for sharing, I pass this on.

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Great hub. The rich seem to be the most corrupted. Why is that? I don't understand that. I agree with bill. We can make the world a better place. But the rich are probably not going to try to help.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Great Update Ruchira! Corruption is a disease from the soul, and we see it all over. Thanks for reposting this important hub. Linked to our Site!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not sure how I missed this Ruchira but I finally got here. You are speaking my language my friend. Corruption cannot be tolerated on any level; the day we turn our heads and ignore it is the day we give up as a civilized society. Bravo!

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      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Ruchira, and what a powerful and ethical hub this is.

      You're so correct. We do need to stand up for what we believe to be correct and ethical.

      Take care


      PS. Fay Paxton, I didn't know that quote was by MLK. I thought it was Les Brown. Thanks for the FYI

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I hate when people complain about elected officials, but then vote for the same person over and over again!

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      We live in a world of instant gratification and people want what they want when they want it. They don't care what they have to do to get it, or who they hurt. It is a very sad fact. This is a very nobel hub with a very important message.

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      Kacie Turner 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! Excellent and thought provoking. I think more and more people are becoming corrupt because they see it as so acceptable.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      yesricwriter. Corruption is everywhere and it's affecting the weaker class. We have to raise our voices to it before it engulfs us ALL.

      Thanks for stopping by with your support.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Very good research on this Ruchira. Great job writing about it also. I tell you, I believe it gets worse with each passing day. They prey on the weak to feed their ego and pockets. Although it will always be around, it would be nice to have good men and women that have a "soul" in politics, business, ect.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Hello Shampa,

      So True...corruption is so beautifully embedded in all our lives that we hardly notice it. I hope Anna hazare can create a revolution...Jai Ho!

      Thank you for your valuable feedback...appreciated it!

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      Shampa Sadhya 

      8 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful. Corruption is indeed a severe problem. The worst part is it is not that only the powerful men are involved but very ordinary service holders are indulging into corruption. They forget that they have to face the same music when they have some work to be done in other offices.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks ubanichijioke for your input..appreciated it!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      A wonderful hub on an important topic. Well said and written.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Great to know that you were present when history was in the making neeleshkulkarni.

      Yes, we the people have great powers...only IF we can believe in them and march forward!!

      Thanks for stopping by...appreciated it!!

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      8 years ago from new delhi

      yes we the people have all the power in the world. we just need to keep beleiving in it.

      i was there in the protest by Anna Hazare for a day and know how it feels to be charged up for something outside ourselves. his victory is also in that he showed us what we can do. a lesson from Gandhi we had forgotten.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Always Exploring, we should not underestimate the power of humans "when" united. I guess what happened in India was a BIG example. People all over the world united over the case of passing an anti-corruption bill and it passed!!

      Unfortunately we tend to take short-cuts for everything thus, standing up and raising our concerns and voices over our daily issues is not happening.

      Thanks for stopping by to pour in your precious comment...appreciated it!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I stand with you, yet i wonder if 'We the people' have any power left. I hope so. Very interesting hub. Thank you.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      well said Fay.

      It is easier and quicker to take the elevator vs climbing the stairs ;-) With technology booming, people are getting used to taking short cuts for everything...

      thanks for your precious comment..loved the proverb of MLK :)

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      Fay Paxton 

      8 years ago

      Martin Luther King said, "if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything". It is so true and nowadays,, falling seems so much easier than standing strong. It's sad.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      So true Annaw. Ethics have gone down the drain since, survival of the richest is the new mantra so, corruption is at it's peak!!

      thanks for stopping by to read and comment...appreciate it!

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      8 years ago from North Texas

      Ethics are a thing of the past. The game is: get all you can get for yourself, by any means necessary. Good Hub.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Yes, you got it right Mr. Happy. Corruption is becoming a menace in our society and it is time we clean it since, life is in anyways very harsh to us and to become victims is not acceptable!!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment...appreciate it!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Very good blog! Corruption rots the roots of the best societies. It is true though, that many people shun away from fighting it and many actually take part in it. In my understanding lobbying is legal bribery through which only the interests of the few, wealthy, aristocrats end-up being served.

      Only when enough people will stand for what is right, will anything change for the better.

      All the best!


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