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Changing The Status Quo – Part III

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“Each day begins with the glorious rising of the sun – no matter what changes may lie ahead.”

Part I gave rise to many comments, most of which stated how laws are often unfair. Although Part II didn’t spark as many comments, (Click here to read it) there was one in particular which inspired the writing of Part III. The entire comment consisted of 2 words and one symbol: Money = Laws.

Knowing this person for only a couple of years, I believe the intent of comment was to be cynical in nature and not stated as an immutable fact. Unfortunately that comment rings true far too often for too many people. The world though is ripe for change. It’s time that the “Status Quo” become “Status Mo” which is to imply Movement or Motivation.

This action, however, is not a call to spark a revolution so much as it is an appeal to look within ourselves and see what we can do individually to promote justice and seek that which in the words of King Hammurabi, call us to “further the well-being of mankind” and “that the strong should  not harm the weak”.

But what can one person do to counter against a powerful political machine which buys law makers and those adjudicating the law? The first thing we can do is see whether or not we are guilty of similar actions only on a smaller scale. Do we despise the behaviors of others but allow exceptions for ourselves because it is much less significant?

The biggest problem with corruption is not that others need to change their actions, it’s those times when our own integrity is put to the test and we succumb to the lure of easy money or power. The very same action which would be found completely condemned in others is conveniently overlooked because it works to our advantage. We must be strong and resist corruption at every level; not excusing our behavior because everyone else does it.

Secondly, when others appear to “win” by twisting laws, they should not be lauded but rather we should deplore their actions and outcome. Being guilty of these seemingly minor offenses only encourages this egregious behavior. Accepting a bribe of sort, no matter how small, continues this cycle with our blessing. Even by simply turning our heads and keeping our mouths closed perpetuates corruptness in the system.

This by no means is a simple task and there isn’t one answer for every situation. The best solution is first to alter that which we have the power to do and as Gandhi so eloquently stated, “You must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Without a doubt there are times when a revolution may be the only solution for a “Status Mo” but in the meantime, each one of us can have our own transformation by living above the corruption and not glorifying or emulating those who do.

Thanks as always and I look forward to your comments.

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