Updated (repost from April 28, 2008).
A number of Filipinos are putting the blame on the politicians’ corruption for the current Philippine situation.
The word corruption is always associated to politicians.
But we always overlooked that we ourselves are also a reflection of what the corrupt leaders are doing. We just like to play the blame game. We ourselves are also guilty of corruption.
The word corrupt according to Answers.com:
- Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
- Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
In my opinion, if you do the following, you are doing corruption to the Philippines yourself.
1. Buying Pirated CDs. Have you bought pirated CDs, fake software and all things fake inside a disk or DVD. It is called Intellectual Property Rights infringement. In simple terms, it is stealing other people’s intellectual product.
A musician worked his butt off, only for his CDs being pirated and bought by ignorant buyers.
2. Purchasing Fake products. You call me radical, stupid or just plain weird, but I don’t buy pant or t-shirts with a fake product name. Yes, I don’t buy those items found in Tutuban or Baclaran. Fake Ralph Lauren or fake Adidas or Nike is a big NO for me.
3. Dishonest partner. Are you dishonest to your girlfriend or wife or husband or boyfriend? Been playing around with your relationship? Then chances are you are a corrupt citizen yourself.
4. A burden to street sweepers. Are you the person who has the habit of just throwing your cigarette butts or candy wrappers just about anywhere? You’re making your surroundings dirty and it’s just another thing for corruption. You may have a clean house or room, but you’re a burden to other people. Isn’t a typical corrupt politician like that?
So wah cha think?