Corruption is grabbing the wealth of others for the sake of comforts of one’s own body and family. The body is like a seat in the train and you, the soul, are the passenger. The family members are like just bench-mates in the same train. For the comfort of yourself and your bench-mates, if you trouble other passengers in the train, it is corruption. Life is just a matter of a short one-hour train journey. Your bench-mates will get down at their respective destinations and will not remember you thereafter. Even you will have to leave your seat and move on.
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I would also agree that doing things that are right but only doing them because it matches your own personal agtenda is still a form of corruption. I feel we see this in our own government all the time. The legislator that votes for something knowing it is viewed as the right or moral thing to do is just a part of the reason, the real reason is more in what he gets personally from the vote.
I’m not quite sure what the discussion is here, but I do agree with dstuva. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason still ends up with good results, but the act itself is not good. Good acts are good because they are done without personal agendas, greed or corruption. If good acts are done based upon these aforementioned elements, then the end result might be positive, but the act itself is not inherently good.
Morality that is believed or felt for the sake of a future reward is not morality at all. Good is good for good's sake. I help people whenever I help people because they need help. The world is a hellish place, and if one human can help another human then that human should help, that human.
I do not believe in giving up the greed for the comforts and pleasures of this world for the greater greed of pleasure in some world we go to after death.
I am very opposed to corruption. Not because I am lured more by the pleasures of other world than by pleasure of this world. I am very much lured by the pleasures of this world. But I am opposed to corruption because I believe that corruption became a rule rather than exception in this world, my happiness in this world it self will decrease, as there will be too many people busy cheating and stealing from others, and too few people producing goods and services to be stolen.
So I fight corruption by first fighting my own temptation to be corrupt and then do my best to submit to corruption of others.
After death, you have to leave your family members, who will not recognize you in their next birth. After getting down from the train of this life, you have to face the interview with God. There he will decide if you are to be granted permanent happiness or permanent misery. Therefore, you must concentrate on the preparation for this grand interview even during your journey through this life. Do not worry about the comforts of your own seat and that of your bench-mates. You will have to leave your own seats and all the bench-mates behind anyway. The bonds with your bench-mates (family members) are temporary and unreal. Sankara says that whatever is temporary must be unreal. The bond, which did not exist before and will not exist in future, does not exist even in the present time. Such spiritual realization is a must for getting a permanent control over corruption.
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