It's only our libidos running wild....January 8 2004 at 6:50 AM
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The heart of man is, by nature, corrupt. It is constantly shrouded in shadows of temptation and has a strong inclination towards a vile indulgence in sensualism and materialism. The human heart is too weak to relate itself to other human hearts simply because of its narcissistic tendency.
A life of poverty is a good life because it denies its owner's heart the instinct to indulge in narcissism. Our pleasure-driven instincts are denied or lie in hibernation when the stimulus is not favourable, i.e. absence of opportunities of materialistic indulgence. However, our pleasure-driven instincts naturally surface when opportunities of materialistic indulgence avail themselves at the disposal our instincts.
Ms. Hayes has pointed out an important trend we are going through. Consider it as a national hiccup where the onslaught of outside forces are forced to bear down on our simple life style. Our people have a very raw and wild pleasure-driven instincts and a strong sense of narcissism. These qualities are let loose but in a very negative way as pointed out by Ms. Hayes, where adultery and sexual promiscuity are the manifestations of wild uncontrolled narcissism. It's the love of self that we need to harness and use it in a more productive way.
All humans are prone to this miserable segment of life. But it does not mean that humans do not have options for betterment (to avoid this miserable segment), for it is also human nature that we are endowed with a variety of life choices. Opportunities and changes are two dimensions of a same phenomeon that may be called fate. Where there is fate, there is choice because we choose our fate by our actions.
Moral corruption has to be approached from two angles -the public and the private. A person may be privately corrupt but commands the respect and admiration of others in his/her public life because of his/her competency. If the private corruption crosses over the line and gets in the way of that person's public performance, then it becomes an issue and thus concerns the public. He or she has to be reprimanded in whatever means necessary in order to restore the equilibrium.
Moral corruption is therefore a developmental issue where private corruption is brought to impinge on the public performance of a person.