By Jeff Pizzino, APR, Corporate Communications –
At the core of corruption is self-indulgence. When power is exploited and self-indulgence is fed, self interest emerges and corruption thrives. Corruption can include financial benefit, material goods, sexual favors, business opportunities or other services. In any case, it can have lasting effects.
The effect of corruption is far reaching and extends from nations to societies. But many are not aware of the effect of corruption on individuals. And it can affect more than just financial well-being. Corruption can be harmful to your emotional health.
Jamaica Damaged by Corruption
In Jamaica, for example, corruption’s negative and long-lasting effects extend to individuals. Corruption is a serious issue affecting politics, law enforcement, judicial rulings, health care, gender issues and sexual harassment, exploitation of the poor, and even day-to-day living. The international corruption perception score for Jamaica in 2013 was 38 out of 100 (Aarons 2014).
At a national level, serious socioeconomic concerns are going unanswered, including poverty and inequality with public funds being directed elsewhere. The result is political instability, mistrust, and widespread fear. Class issues make it even more of a problem and corruption is spreading.
Corrected Action Underway
Jamaica has taken action to change the course of corruption with legislative and civic measures. The goal is to spread awareness and to educate the public on corruption and how to fight it. Furthermore, officials are trying to create a body of people that would be in a position to change the law and raise further awareness (Aarons 2014).
But more can be done with deception detection tools to help to vet out corrupt individuals for punishment with the goal of putting new officials in office.
Corruption affects everyone. It changes basic societal functions which affect morale and can degrade integrity. Simply put, it’s not healthy for our society.