On a recent visit to Samoa, my daughter-in-law and I discussed the differences between corruption, collusion and expediency. She believes that expediency or getting the job done should never give in to corruption or collusion.
In the days since my return from Samoa, I have been looking at the ideas of corruption and collusion in New Zealand and in my personal life. I like to get a job done without politics, breaking the law or compromising my principles. However, there are times when getting the job done means placating/paying someone to help get the job done in a timely manner. There are times when suffering bullying and “the politically correct” people to achieve an objective is endured and worked through. There are times when doing what I believe is right is HARD, especially when others want me to stop.
But it’s funny, as the world waits to hear about the health of Nelson Mandela, we can recall how this man went to prison to end a regime he believed to be wrong.
I remember people who went to prison rather than running across the Canadian US border in protest of the Vietnam War. Martin Luther King died for his beliefs as have Princess Diana, John F Kennedy and many others.
There are many countries in the world where questioning or commenting on local politicians can land you in prison or debtor’s court. In some of these countries, your whole family will pay the price for your asking questions.
As a person living in a western country we pride ourselves on our freedom, but are we truly free from corruption and collusion? Are we stuck because we are unable to find the expedient way to achieve our objectives without bending to corruption or collusion?
Corruption, self aggrandisement at the expense of others is a terrible thing. But think for a minute, we tip waiters, bar tenders, dancers, and other serving staff to get the service we desire. Is that the precursor to the corruption of the politicians and others?
Collusion which limits the rights of others is terrible and yet every day, people can judge and exclude others from their lives because of how they perceive them or their behavior. Human resource staff make judgements on a person’s fitness for a job based on arbitrary criteria.
So what is expediency? Is it as these quotes suggest?
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
The most useful thing about a principle
is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
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