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Pearl of Inspiration


By: Penélope Lara  (Translated by Patricia Minski)

According to a magazine of the State Attorney General’s Office, when we talk about corruption, we refer to:  “A set of illicit or illegitimate activities, carried out by public or private servants, with the purpose of benefiting properly from it or benefiting third parties through the use of spaces of power”.

On Thursday in our Conversando con tu Veci(ndad) Andrea (suggested name) was able to transmit this strong pain and impotence to the rest of the people who were present that day. 

Andrea has been working on social issues for a long time and lives with the constant illusion of wanting to work for a better country, completely forgetting about her own well-being.

Having to deal with corruption and not being able to do anything in times of coronavirus “has broken her soul”, and sadly, although it is regrettable, it is very true what this phrase says: “Politics is the art of preventing people from getting involved in what they do care about” Marco Aurelio Almazán.

Crude Reality

Corruption in the country has come to cause distrust and division among friends and family, she says.

Just as the coronavirus came to change our lives, it has been affecting not only the economy of millions of citizens, but also their peace of mind and emotional well-being for decades.

Listening to Andrea, many felt the same helplessness and frustration that she had, she was concerned with the fact that those who lead us do not have sufficient capabilities and that the only thing they seek is their own welfare, not that of those who need it.

The fact that they want to “steal” the money for medical supplies and leave many helpless, only shows the lack of humanity, love, commitment and responsibility that some public officials have.

A Question

She (Andrea) tells us that she dreams of taking refuge in a cave where there is no corrupt and indolent society, and wonders :

Are these people human beings or monsters?

And she is quite right, because those who abuse power have no heart, those who prefer to fill their pockets with the people’s money and abandon those who really need it, they have no mercy. 

Having to deal with corruption and not being able to make a change or put an end to it, affects psychologically those who live it in their own flesh and in their daily lives.

Food for Thought

According to a SciELO article, those who perceive greater corruption in their environment tend to have lower levels of life satisfaction.

Moreover, living in a society classified as corrupt, damages the levels of life satisfaction of its inhabitants. 

Concentrating on the present, being well and doing things well for oneself brings satisfaction and benefits and this has been a solution for many people in the face of the great problems that are experienced not only in the country but also in the work and family environment.

Living in the present and focusing on one’s own emotional well-being will not give an end and solution to what the country is going through, but it comforts the soul and gives us a better perspective on life. 

 Many times we cannot deal with external dilemmas and those of others because it is enough with our own.

Doing our bit as far as we can is correct and satisfactory, but it is extremely important not to forget that the priority is oneself and then to be able to help others.