Formula for Disaster / Formula for Relief

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So, unable to express themselves and under the constant weight of a corrupt load brought down on their shoulders, the people grow unbearably frustrated. Ahh, if life were only as simple as oppressing people forever; but nature finds energy in resistance, and there are limits to people’s tolerance. Rendering people helpless does not bring servitude. It is foolish and dangerous to think that the solution is to forever deny people their basic human rights and desire to have a say in determining their own fate.

This domination and frustration only feed the anger and resentment mounting in the bottom of the hourglass, which, when coupled with the defiant self-indulgent culture percolating down from above and a yielding middle class, result in a large part of the population in very low self-esteem, having little to gain, but nothing to lose. The less value people think they have, the less they feel bound by any social contract …and the less they feel the need to belong, the more dangerous and reckless their actions become. The results are predictable and apparent enough – despair, dysfunction, crime, violence, destruction, resentment and poor quality work creep upwards into all levels of the social fabric. In this state of low self-esteem, some people find a kernel of power by lashing out at anything and everything through disobedience and violence. But this violence won’t draw in the middle class nor offer viable solutions, so it just becomes another drag on setting things right. In fact, the only lesson to be learned once violent attitudes take hold is that it’s just not possible to dominate people forever. Soon even the elite, just like the rest of us, find themselves unable to travel freely and instead are holed up in their ivory towers and walled compounds, denied enjoyment of really innovative goods, and continually stressed out – the exact opposite of their values and the goals they seek.

But now none of us are free from corruption. Instead, we are all even more trapped, and corruption is even more entrenched than ever. Under siege from all sides, we all look to escape by allowing consumption to trump control at every turn, accelerating the cycle. Domination and frustration are not just symptoms of corruption, they are integral players which reinforce it and keep it in place. The fact that corruption does not come specifically from inside the institutions of power (representation/law) or wealth (opportunity/reward) themselves, but happens when a few individuals finesse an overlap between them, means that it will always be impossible to isolate corruption to eliminate it. Corruption is not simply a broken piece of the puzzle; it is a flawed way in which the pieces can be put together. This also means that corruption is not unorganized or random, nor in the final analysis is it beyond our control. Instead, it is an institutionalized system of mismanagement and control the ruling elite have designed, developed and continue to hone in order to perpetuate their fraudulent reign. Corruption is systemic; without dealing with the system as a whole, we’ll never be able to control it. This institutionalized part of corruption must be dismantled before integrity can really be restored.

Corruption is systemic and institutionalized. We need to change the way the system operates if we are to regain control and reduce corruption.

Now that we understand how corruption fits in and distorts the pure forms we want so badly, let’s move on and look at the four quarters of our social fabric to see how each is affected and how vote sizing can help put things back on track and make our system work for us.

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