Corruption as an ethical issue
Ben Jelloun and Volk (25) term corruption as the act of giving and receiving of bribes by individuals with an intention of gaining a favour or getting things done through unconventional means. Corruption is an issue rampant among the third world nations and other developing countries. The vice brings development to a standstill in a community. The resources intended for development find ways into the pockets of individuals who value their personal wealth than the community goodwill and development. Also, the disorder hastens justice on the individuals who commit crimes as they bribe their way around thereby leaving the individuals upon whom crimes were perpetrated to, feeling unjustified. Klavan (13) asserts that the increase of corruption leads to lawlessness in a community as the criminals always have a way of escaping justice.
Turning to Shleifer and Vishny (23), one finds that corruption makes services that are meant to be freely and justly offered to masses become unavailable. The scenario transpires to the majority of individuals who have no cash to give to receive given the services. The situation converts a society to a community for the wealthy and mighty only without an eye for the weak and oppressed (Klavan, 23). The scenario means the individuals won’t be able to access the fundamental services intended to be readily and freely available (Shleifer & Vishny, 53).
Most of the individuals who advocate for bribery and corruption result to the act as the fellows see it as a way to get past the concrete and rigid set-out procedures for attaining or achieving something. The population result to perpetrating the vice because of the under comings and shortages of qualifications needed for example in a job vacancy (Ben Jelloun & Volk, 15). The individuals end up resulting in unconventional means of attaining personal desires, therefore, opting to bribe. The people see corruption as a quick method of getting things done for them by others without using the set-out rules and regulations. The situation means that the individuals will bypass all the rules for personal gain and greedy means of attainment of goals and selfish desires (Klavan, 56).
Klavan (43) states that corruption provides a means of undermining justice and promoting atrocities because the crime perpetrators unduly receive ways to evade justice. The acts encourage unlawful justification of the heinous acts undertaken by individuals on others. The scenario means that the rate of lawlessness in the society will rise leading to a setting that promotes vices through the thought that it is looking for a way of comprehending the actions. The idea about bribery is always self-centered (Klavan, 27). The individuals at the heart of corruption are always people with self-interest and material gain oriented. The population perpetrates justice to turn a situation to favour them and their next of kin, but the individuals do not look at the implications and effects caused on the others (Ben Jelloun & Volk, 44). The acts of bribery addict the perpetrators such that all their actions will have an element of corruption. The picture undermines performance and reliability to execute a clean and trustworthy job.
Most of the individuals vouch for corruption as they see it as an easy way of accessing what they need without the struggle. The situation makes them believe that they rightly own the positions that they bribed to attain (Klavan, 67). The statement implies that even the individuals work rate and ethics will be poor as they will not have rightfully have gained the positions rather they will have bought them.
Persons who believe in corruption view it as a quick means of amassing wealth and resources without a struggle (Banerjee, Mullainathan & Hanna, 45). The characters perceive corruption as means of getting cash by soliciting amounts to provide a service to individuals. The fellows ask for tips from individuals to avert justice that would have been harsh but rightly suited them (Klavan, 76). The situation acts as a platform for the people in power to misuse power and oppress those not in authority by asking for unmentioned and undocumented cash to do them a favour or service meant to be offered freely.
Corruption should be dealt with as it causes a community to lag behind regarding development and service provision to the nation’s masses. The dwellers will have a problem accessing vital services intended to be delivered to them at no or if any at a subsidized price. The corruption will build a gap between the people with wealth amassed from other citizens when in leadership positions and the citizens who lack have the resources and prosperity (Banerjee, Mullainathan, & Hanna, 22).
Corruption disturbs the social order in the community. The spirit of law abiding and social justice are done with as law trespassers can have their way around the law and continue with the acts of doing illegal acts to the masses. The rate of criminal will increase for the reason that the offenders receive protection against the law by the bribes. The portrays courts of law as avenues for passing and perpetrating lawlessness. Unprecedented rates of corruption lead to individuals taking the law into their hands as an endeavor to seek the unprovided justice in the law institutions.
Banerjee, A., Mullainathan, S., & Hanna, R. Corruption. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012.
Ben Jelloun, T. & Volk, C. Corruption. New York: New Press, 2005.
Klavan, A. Corruption. New York: W. Morrow, 2003.
Shleifer, A. & Vishny, R. Corruption. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2003.