How to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - By Maulana Wahidud­din Khan

Cor­rup­tion be­gins in the mind. Any move­ment that in­tends to achieve its goal must tar­get in­di­vid­ual minds, rather than the sys­tem. To erad­i­cate the cor­rup­tion we see to­day, we need to re-en­gi­neer in­di­vid­ual minds. This re­quires a spir­i­tual cam­paign. We need to re­place the money-ori­ented mind with a val­ues-ori­ented mind. We need to make peo­ple be­lieve that money is a need, and not a goal. Peo­ple’s con­cern of self needs is to be re­placed with con­cern for the nation.To erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion, we have to give in­di­vid­u­als a goal greater than money, just as to shorten a line, you only need to draw a longer line next to it. In the same way, to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion, we should have a higher goal of in­tel­lec­tual or spir­i­tual de­vel­op­ment. In other words, we have to re­place money as a goal with wis­dom as a goal. We have to con­vince peo­ple who pur­sue money to pur­sue wis­dom. Al­though it is a long process, it is nev­er­the­less the only process that can pro­duce re­sults. There are no short­cuts.

Anti-cor­rup­tion move­ments gen­er­ally de­mand the en­act­ment of anti-cor­rup­tion laws. We al­ready have anti-cor­rup­tion laws. But these laws have ob­vi­ously failed to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion. Why? Be­cause with­out im­ple­men­ta­tion, laws are just words on pa­per. Laws can only be im­ple­mented by peo­ple. These peo­ple have to be peo­ple who are not cor­rupt, and who pos­sess full author­ity. Peo­ple such as these are the rarest of the rare; they seem to be non-ex­is­tent. Had such peo­ple ex­isted, the laws we have would have been suf­fi­cient.

The pur­suit of wealth will only lead to dis­con­tent­ment, while the pur­suit of wis­dom will al­ways lead to con­tent­ment. Only the con­tent can aban­don cor­rupt prac­tices. To achieve this goal, we have to ad­dress in­di­vid­ual minds, not at­tract crowds. A spir­i­tual rev­o­lu­tion can­not be brought about by a mob. And only a spir­i­tual rev­o­lu­tion can root out cor­rup­tion. www.cps­global.org

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