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Corruption in the body politic follows the lines of corruption of the body human, though the natural process of human disintegration or decomposition is considered to be an inevitable part of the normal life cycle. When applied to governmental systems, however, corruption is viewed much more negatively, because the putrefaction is imposed consciously and willingly, usually with an eye to gain on some individual or group’s part.

In recent years corruption has appeared in many forms, though those instances rooted in the destructive use of money, power, and sex have dominated public forums.

No human individual willingly submits to corruption of their own body. But, especially when dealing with the three sources listed above, politicians are all too frequently offered the opportunity feed and prosper on the corruption of the very system with which they have been entrusted, that governmental body which nurtures millions of other individuals.

For corruption to exist, there needs to be an initial “pure” state, a situation in which a system or ideal works to the benefit of all, with little or no detriment to any existing entity. One such overriding state that deals specifically with positively administering the public good is called “integrity”. When corruption becomes the status quo, integrity disappears, truth and any concept of the public good is contaminated.



Author: Jim Gabour