In politics there is nothing new under the sun. In Greed We Trust, and we are too schemingly intelligent to trust any other. It is rather agreed upon, albeit unconsciously (but more so, quietly), that it is The System; and any running system, no matter how ill-functioning (esp. in the moral sense), is simply dismissed as It has always been that way. Now we have bred a culture of passivity.
Greed takes various forms and shapes and sizes, and it is quite blasphemous, politically—and to a great extent, despicably horrifying—to mention what transpires under the table. It is as horrifying as discovering what transpires in your own bedroom, if you’ve been “happily” married, while you’re away to provide your family the comforts of life and your spouse is having an illegal transaction with your neighbor—not under the table but under the bed, figuratively. And it is as economically blasphemous when facts point to you as being the one who solely purchased—and not without much financial effort—the elegant queen-sized bed, literally.
We stand aghast at the enormity of this garapalan system that explicitly runs through and thrives in politics, as well as private groups, companies, and organizations—regardless of religious or philosophical affiliation. Those things being done under the clean table, we know they exist but we dare not bang our head against the great wall. We know it is chillingly risky, not because it will cost us our dear life or that of a loved one’s, or that we are in danger of losing what we hold dearest to us, but because it is rather hard to trust in a system so disgustingly corrupt that even the fires of hell are not hot enough to warn a soul so steeped in it. Such distrust is as deep as the fear of a persecuted heretic: that nothing will ever come out of the Truth that those of the Vox populi, vox Dei have been trying to curse.
The recent Janet Lim Napoles scam would have went on Business-As-Usual had our law enforcers failed to unearth the reason behind the abduction of one of her trusted staff.
It is now 2013, and the pork barrel system has been in existence for how many years now? People are not killed during the elections for no reason; everyone knows that occupying a seat in the government is a lucrative business, potentially, thanks to these huge chunks of funds raised by another system that collects all sorts of fees and taxes. Those from the business sector are acquainted with that general notion as well—even quite intimately, a number of them; and since it is In Greed We Trust, this being an unbending system, many thoughts of integrity are culled but few are chosen to express the real humanness of their enterprises.
Business is also a system, and systems are not humans. The system is not the person, and the person is not the system. And so, perhaps, this detachment may well account for the reason why even pious people, identifying themselves as “God-fearing” ones, allow themselves to participate in a system, no matter how corrupt and sordid.
It is all right to do THIS
because it is a loophole in the law—and it means I can go through it unnoticed.
because it is the system here and our business will not survive the competition without succumbing to its demands.
because everyone’s doing it here.
because I’m just following orders. I cannot afford to lose my job now.
because God is good and God is love. He will understand.
Those who are human enough to know the meaning of integrity will always get out of where The System exists in whatever form—in government offices, in business, in school, in religion, in politics, in relationships. Those who cannot leave it, for some really puzzling reasons, are damned to live a pathetic life. Conscience is a searing hot iron that haunts the course of daily apathy. And Nature’s justice knows no mercy: What you sowed is what you shall reap indeed.
We know what our ancestors went through to fight for their freedom and rights, and to drive away those foreign invaders, who had found it, strangely, a God-given right to exact tribute money from the natives and plunder their ancestral heritage. When foreign enemies plunder the people right in their own native soil, we can understand that this can be attributed to the barbaric and highly uncivilized system prevalent at the time.
But it is now 2013, and we owe the freedom we enjoy today from the men and women of old, who sacrificed their lives to keep our native soil free of invading plunderers. It is totally incomprehensible when barbaric and uncivilized acts are still practiced today. And it is totally sickening and unacceptable when the ones who plunder the people right in their own native soil are their own countrymen.
Shamefully, in Greed we trust. So help us, God. ⓜ