Exposing corruption – the power of conversation!

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. 

188 thoughts on “Exposing corruption – the power of conversation!

  1. Yes, even simply talking truthfully about what is going on is enough to start a change. Never underestimate the power of word spoken with truth from love.

  2. Very true Anna. This is an important point you raise. When do we choose to sit back and watch and when do we choose to act by speaking up. l am sure we can all look at this in our lives and refine our choices.

  3. I think because we allow abuse and corruption in our way of living with ourselves every day, even the seemingly smallest things like having negative thoughts about ourselves or others already lay the foundation of how we are with society. When we close our eyes to something in our relationship with ourselves we also close our eyes to what happens in the world. Saying no the internal abuse will help saying no to abuse in the world.

  4. What I often feel in society in general is ambiguity, the lack of clarity, the fuzziness that hinders our moral compass. Many seem to be choosing irresponsibility to avoid being a consequential victim of others’ irresponsibility and the lack of decency. Because when we start having a conversation about what truly is going on in society, it will eventually take a turn inward for us to look at our own choices, and because we want to get away with our own irresponsibility, we do not want to go there.

  5. Great blog Anna and I can so relate to what you have shared here.
    “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.”
    Since finding Universal Medicine and changing the way I feel about my self worth, I have come to understand that everyone has an equal voice and that there is not one person more important than another. That is true brotherhood and if we can all work together in brotherhood then we can change the world. This may seem like words today but a time will come when in order to survive humanity will work with each other in brotherhood.

  6. Standing on the side-lines watching corruption occur has become so normal, that we can almost feel numb to the issues. But what are our choices? Because when you look around at the possible actions one could take, not many are very appealing, as many are reactive, time consuming, draining. So how do we change the world without all of those factors at play? How do we make true change without contributing to the greater mess that exists?
    The key is perhaps in self-responsibility, start small, begin with your family or your neighbours, how are your relationships with them? Maybe if we all start at ground level and build up from there, the bigger global problems can be addressed.

    1. Perfectly said Shami. It can be difficult to know where to start with speaking to corruption especially when we have turned a blind eye for so long. We often only look to the bigger examples of corruption and not the small examples that are happening all around us, like the fact that we advertise poison on the bottom of shopper dockets at super markets or that we eat foods that are not good for us. I once looked up the meaning of corruption and it simply means to dirty something that is pure. The name of the game is simple, muddy the waters so that we do not know that it’s clear and then keep shaking the glass or adding more dirt so that it’s perpetually blurry. When we learn the art of stillness, the sediment drops and we get to see that we were in fact clear all along, we just kept saying yes to corrupting our waters. What you’ve offered is the perfect antidote, start small, do not react to the dirt, just call it out knowing it is not a part of who we are, both as people and as a humanity and then we simply vow to never allow or do it again.

  7. Often when we think of corruption we think of the bigger issues but overlook little ones which play out on the day to day, like in our work, have we ever been asked to cover up a mistake that has been made? Tidy things up so it looks like there was no error? This is a form of corruption, for one never is held accountable for their behaviour and such, one then never changes. It is amazing what we allow and what we turn a blind eye to, going along because that’s just ‘what we do’. We should never say yes to anything that is not integral, honest or true, even if it comes at a potential ‘cost’. If a mistake has been made, let it be seen, let us be held accountable, so then we can learn, grow and evolve, getting tighter, brighter and better as we do.

  8. Loved reading this again, Anna. Your expression is unstoppable and a call to accept responsibility for the world we live in. One conversation can have a huge ripple effect, we are not just unimportant, insignificant beings as we are often led to believe by those who leant to maintain the corruption and the status quo of comfort-ability, we are HUGE and magnificent beings and when we honour this and express from our innate right to be just that, we can literally shift mountains.

  9. I love how you champion the power of conversation for exposing corruption – so often we feel powerless as individuals but the more we are willing to speak up and engage with others the more we can feel the strength that we have together to call out that which needs to be exposed.

  10. Corruption does abound in our society and it does so because we as a humanity have not yet considered that many personal behaviours are actually corrupt. For example: not being charged correctly and getting something cheap, is it not corrupt to not speak up and say so?
    There are many instances like this where we personally choose to not hold our true divine integrity in the simpleness of living our lives. Yes I do agree, talking about the corruption we see and experience in our world is a much needed conversation to have regularly, but I also feel that on a personal level, our value of ourselves needs an overhaul. As when we value who we are, our integrity becomes more important to live by and from, than saving a dollar or two.

  11. Thank you Anna for a thought provoking blog, I am coming back to grass roots and feeling how I am living my life and seeing that when I give into the negative talk going on in my mind I am actually corrupting the pure divine essence that I come from. cleaning up my own life and its unloving ways, calling it for what it is, is a great place to start.

  12. “It seems to me that we severely underestimate ourselves and how powerful we are when we express simple truth.” I think you are bang on the money when you talk about this Anna and it is one of the main reasons we stay quiet. But when we do, we say yes to it.

  13. As I started to read this blog I had an immediate feeling of ‘what can I do? – a sort of helplessness came up. Then another essence presented itself to me, one that said ‘you can choose to be love. You can choose to walk through life living, knowing and representing a different way, one we all know in our hearts – a way that knows the equality that is our true essence and how if we choose to be self-loving, the ripple effect of doing so is unquantifiable. Yes, there is much we can do.

  14. Yes, every human being is worthy of the utmost care and respect. So why don’t we afford this to each other? What gets into us that this most fundamental of understandings is not our living way? What is it that means we disregard this innate call to be love with each other? What could be that important?

  15. So true Ray… the way the world is now is due to the fact that most of us have forgotten that we are not meant to do it alone, and it is actually our natural way of being to work as one, connect and communicate with each other.

  16. It’s very good to communicate. The lack of communication is what brings about the later conflicts. Be it at the staff meeting – do we really say what we feel to say or do we hold back just in case someone disagrees or maybe we don’t want to cause an argument. It’s all the little things that are in fact not little but huge.

  17. Well said Anna. “…every human being worthy of the utmost love and respect”
    We have negated this fact for far too long – the endemic corruption we face at every turn, a consequence of just what you raise here, i.e. that we have remained silent in the face of abuse, to the point that it has been normalised, and enormously so.

  18. Despite all that we face today Anna, I agree entirely with your sentiments here. Our voices DO matter. To give up and not express what we know to be true – for everyone’s sakes – is to live a paltry existence, with no true fire to the life lived at all.

  19. “This hidden corruption has greed, power and control at its core” – we don’t have to look very far to feel this, this very energy of separativeness is what laces our society with and in much of our everyday behaviour – to strive for ‘better’ and ‘more’.

  20. I sense that the issue of our world can feel overwhelming and there is a feeling of hopelessness – a what can I do about it mentality. But as you say Anna, this belittles the power of a simple conversation with our neighbours or colleagues – a power of expression that has been undermined in a world that seems to be more interested in what we do rather than who we are. Speaking up in our local networks and communities does make a difference and is more powerful than we realise.

  21. By underestimating the power of conversation, we actually give our power away to change or influence much as it all seems too hard, questions get asked about what action can we really take? will we make much difference? But as your blog states, there is real power in conversation and starting to call out concerns and corruption around us – both the big and the small.

  22. Well said and very true Anna ‘together we have a voice that is unstoppable. ‘ I know of hundreds of Universal Medicine students worldwide that are now living their lives with greater awareness and being more responsible and calling out abuse and corruption in their lives – the flow on effect from this has had an amazing impact on humanity and will continue the more others are shaken from their comfort and choose to no longer turn a blind eye.

  23. Such a great topic, “Is not every human being worthy of the utmost love and respect – an absolute truth we all know in our hearts?” and “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 feels to me that we have a huge momentum of hiding, keeping our heads down and frankly a fear of death around speaking up and speaking out in the world. I know how easy and usual it has been for me to evaluate what is the personal risk to me on a survival level is before expressing what I really feel. And sometimes when I do speak up the ripples of disturbance it causes makes me want to never express again, but I do, eventually coming back as I know the hiding and the nice and polite ways of old are not going to change anything. I have a long way to go, but I can see the way forward, or back, to expressing truth again.

  24. If we all wait for everyone else to initiate the change we want to see in the world nothing will change. But as you share Anna it will be much much easier when we all unite and do it together.

  25. Look to the state of our societies today, are they healthy, vital and equally supporting to all of its members and do they provide a safe environment for all to live in? To me this is not the case, there is separation, disparity, violence and abuse to ourselves but also to one another, a complete different picture and completely the opposite I know our societies will look like one day. The only way out, is what you say Anne, to start the conversation and speak about these things that do not work or are not supportive to us or in many cases do hurt us in one way or another. Accepting in the state of our societies today in silence is in fact contributing to the way it is and will not make any changes. It only needs one to make a change and start the conversation, we may not forget the power and responsibility we all individually have.

  26. Anna I completely agree, when we all voice what is wrong in the world together instead of looking the other way – the world will change very quickly. It’s our responsibility to speak up, both about small matters and large matters, it’s when we’re silent things really do go wrong.

  27. “On our own we are great, but together we have a voice that is unstoppable. ” The power of togetherness is amazing, the strength the expression is far reaching.

  28. I loved to reread this blog this morning as it helped me to understand on a deeper level that the giving up and devastation this brings and I can see many people choosing for in our nowadays societies, are for a great part because of this corruption that is just all over the place. But could it be that that corruption we see in the outer world is just a reflection of the corruption we allow in ourselves? As we are from love and when we do not choose to live this, how corrupt do we need to be within ourselves to make this work? The understanding I now get is that the more we allow the love that is so abundantly available to us all, the more of this corruption will come clearly to the surface so we can see it for what it is and from there stop it and with that the atrocities it is bringing to our societies. By doing this we not only clear and dispose the corruption outside of us, but also the corruption in ourselves which in turn will free the ways to even greater understanding to what it actually is to live in adherence to the love that is constantly calling us.

  29. Many of us can see the corruption and the wrongs in the world and feel powerless and become complacent. Behind those seemingly banal conversations about celebrities, TV, hobbies etc. we are actually feeling the tension of what is truly going on and how intense that is. I was talking with a colleague the other day, and I could feel there was a pressure in both of us that we thought we had to have a solution, and that pressure is what we want to avoid feeling the most. Talking about it and bringing it to the forefront of our awareness is so much needed.

  30. Well said Anna. It is through our conversations and the way we choose to live that we bring and stand for truth to our lives. Through our every interaction we have the opportunity to stand for truth, the truth we know and feel within. When we begin to honor this truth for ourselves we then naturally honor this truth through all that we do and all we meet, through which we offer the reflection of a quality that we all are in essence, that we know in our hearts is true.

  31. If we all expose corruption through conversation, it is amazing how powerful true conversation can be, through openly talking about an issue more and more people become aware of how bad corruption has become.

  32. ‘It seems to me that we severely underestimate ourselves and how powerful we are when we express simple truth.’ We like to underestimate ourselves because this gives us good reason not to step up and take responsibility.

  33. It is an interesting topic to have a conversation around. Asking the question about what stops you from calling out corruption that you see? I will take that into my morning walk today and give that some thought, thank you.

  34. Thank you Anna for a great article.‘It seems to me that we severely underestimate ourselves and how powerful we are when we express simple truth.’ I went through my life feeling that what I had to say wasn’t important, now I know that expressing what we feel is the truth is so very powerful and when we express “together we have a voice that is unstoppable.”

  35. Everyone’s voice matters all the time. You never know who may be ready to listen. If we all don’t speak up we all miss out on the wisdom that can come through.

    1. So true Jennifer, we cannot make speaking up about things dependant on whether it is heard or not and give up when we feel we are not heard. To give up on voicing what we feel and see is the worst thing that we can do as every word spoken in truth and integrity counts towards more truth and integrity on this planet.

  36. Societal compliance has become readily accepted and until we look at our apathy as a collective things may not change. One person speaking up can inspire another and as that momentum grows, change is possible.

  37. Yes Anna, we totally underestimate the power of conversing about matters of the world that really concern us all directly or indirectly. Instead we have fostered a culture of complaining, at least in Germany, but this does not help anyone as it just points the finger to the outside and there is no willingness to take on any responsibility.

  38. “It seems to me that we severely underestimate ourselves and how powerful we are when we express simple truth.”
    Hear hear to this statement. We all know deep down the authority we hold, yet unless we truly honor this, we shy away from it when it is most needed. To be able to offer it consistently we first must build a consistent authority with ourselves.

  39. “Is not every human being worthy of the utmost love and respect – an absolute truth we all know in our hearts?” Yes indeed Anna we are all, each and every one of us, worthy of love and respect. We are also responsible to call out the evil and corruption that diminishes and degrades humanity. Thank you for the call to unite Anna.

  40. Due to the excessive nature of all that is foul in our world and the inability of those with the power to do anything about it to make much of a difference, people tend to give up on believing that things can be different let alone that their voice will be the light in the dark and shine forth another way. But within our apathetic comfort we have forgotten the power we do possess… and the fact that together we are well equipped and capable of creating the world we would love and deserve to live in.

  41. ‘ Is not every human being worthy of the utmost love and respect – an absolute truth we all know in our hearts?’ Absolutely Anna – otherwise where would they get the reflection that they are Love from?

  42. Absolutely – the more people who express what is wrong in the world, the more power we have to change all the things that are not working. As long as we don’t speak, we are allowing corruption, and greed and evil to continue to dominate the world. This is our world and our lives and we need to choose how we want them to be.

  43. I love how you bring it back to all of us, how together we are indeed unstoppable and it starts with each of us standing up and speaking up and having those conversations and in doing so we set a marker for ourselves and others which says that this is not how we can be, and that is how change happens. And the key in all of this is that we are all affected if one of us in humanity is, and once more of us clearly understand this we will not allow corruption to exist.

  44. ‘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.’ It’s true – we’ve turned the heinous events we witness into a spectator sport, often called political or social commentary.

  45. “I have come to realise that my voice is equally as important as everyone else’s” When we speak up for truth many others will join us until we are heard by all.

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