We need to learn a lot from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about various types of CORRUPTION

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the Winner of the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She said under the topic: Freedom from Fear (1991) in the Acceptance message for the 1990 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (July 1991)_

Most Burmese are familiar with the four kinds of corruption.

  1. Corruption induced by desire, is deviation from the right path in pursuit of bribes or for the sake of those one loves.
  2. Corruption due to anger is taking the wrong path to spite those against whom one bears ill will,
  3. Aberration due to ignorance.
  4. Corruption due to fear is perhaps the worst of the four, for not only  fear, stifle and slowly destroy all sense of right and wrong, it so often lies at the root of the other three kinds of corruption.

Just as Corruption induced by desire, when not the result of sheer avarice, can be caused by_

  • fear of want
  • or fear of losing the goodwill of those one loves,
  • so fear of being surpassed,
  • humiliated
  • or injured in some way can provide the impetus for ill will.

And it would be difficult to dispel ignorance unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear.

With so close a relationship between fear and corruption it is little wonder that in any society where fear is rife corruption in all forms becomes deeply entrenched.

  1. It would be difficult to dispel ignorance unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear. With so close a relationship between fear and corruption it is little wonder that in any society where fear is rife corruption in all forms becomes deeply entrenched.
  2. The effort necessary to remain uncorrupted in an environment where fear is an integral part of everyday existence is not immediately apparent to those fortunate enough to live in states governed by the rule of law.
    • Just laws do not merely prevent corruption by
    • meting out impartial punishment to offenders. They also help to create a society in which people can fulfil the basic requirements necessary for the preservation of human dignity without recourse to corrupt practices.
    • Where there are no such laws,
    • the burden of upholding the principles of justice and common decency falls on the ordinary people.
    • It is the cumulative effect on their sustained effort and steady endurance which will change a nation where reason and conscience are warped by fear into one where legal rules exist to promote man’s desire for harmony and justice while restraining the less desirable destructive traits in his nature.

It is not power that corrupts but fear.

Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

Source_Wikiquotes:Aung San Suu Kyi

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