by Anna Karam, Concerned human being! Goonellabah, Australia
How important is it for us as a humanity to speak about and discuss the extent of corruption? There is so much that is wrong in the world today, and it has been this way for centuries. We have witnessed and continue to witness crimes such as murder, rape, human trafficking, domestic violence, theft, abuse and/or bullying, and yet it seems nothing we have done thus far has brought about any real change or stop to this.
Aside from these most heinous crimes we also have those which are not so obvious to the human eye – I speak here of the crime and corruption that is so deeply entrenched within society that it often goes unnoticed, unspoken, or worse, ignored, even though its effects are still far reaching and devastating to us all, with only a few calling it for what it is. This hidden corruption has greed, power and control at its core, and can be found in our political circles, law enforcement and media groups. Truly and honestly I ask, how can this be?
Why is it that we allow such wrongs to occur, waiting for it to happen to us or someone close to us before we actually speak out? Is not every human being worthy of the utmost love and respect – an absolute truth we all know in our hearts?
What is it about us that allows all this, and why do we continue to ignore these issues, leaving them to just one or a few who are not afraid to stand up for truth and love?
It seems to me that so many have given up. Very few are saying no to the corruption, the abuse, the crime, whilst the majority sit back in their chairs watching it all from the sidelines. Are we to accept this as the way it is? Have we no say in our lives and how we want to live them? It seems to me that we severely underestimate ourselves and how powerful we are when we express simple truth.
In the past, I too have hidden in this, not speaking up and sharing my feelings; I had felt that my voice didn’t matter so much and so I left it up to others, but I have come to realise that my voice is equally as important as everyone else’s – that in fact there is not one more or less important than another, and that in order to bring about true change we need to unite in voice and expression.
Now is not the time to remain complacent or ignorant to the wrongs occurring in the world. Let us give voice to these concerns… let us speak openly amongst one another in our homes, our work and social circles. We cannot underestimate the power of conversation. On our own we are great, but together we have a voice that is unstoppable.