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Anil Rajvanshi

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Debate: Is corruption a moral or a legal issue?

Too often the corruption debate and discussions all over the world are focused on how somebody broke a law. By that definition Mahatma Gandhi was the most corrupt man since he periodically broke British laws!

By dictionary definition corruption relates to doing things which are not ethical.

Hence how should the corruption be defined and fought for greater good?

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  • Oct 30 2012: mind is best servant, bad commander. corruption is self deceit, it will continue till it is caught and punished. any act do not harm self /society, besides benefits enhancement of moral and ethical code is invited. it is an evil force which needs to be uprooted from planet.
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      Nov 3 2012: Re: "mind is best servant, bad commander."

      Who would be a good commander, then?

      Re: " it is an evil force which needs to be uprooted from planet."

      It must be uprooted from our own hearts first. It grows within, from our own pride and greed, without us even noticing it.
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      Nov 3 2012: " Mind is best servant, bad commander "

      This hits the nail on the head.
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        Nov 3 2012: "Reason is, and ought to be, only the slave of the passions." - David Hume
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          Nov 3 2012: The good and only right commander is the Heart not the emotions and never "the passions".
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        Nov 3 2012: I guess, that's what Hume meant. It's just a matter of how we say it.

        There are 3 relevant definitions of the "heart":
        3. the center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion: In your heart you know I'm an honest man.
        4. the center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect: His head told him not to fall in love, but his heart had the final say.
        5. capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection: His heart moved him to help the needy.

        In this sense, passions and emotions come "from the heart", while reason comes "from the head". I think, that's too much reasoning on this subject. It's hard to say exactly what this all means, only possible to feel it :-)
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        Nov 4 2012: "Thinking with one's heart" is called "feeling".
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          Nov 4 2012: Hi Arkady,

          I understand what you are saying and sense that you and I are well in agreement on this concept.

          "Thinking with one's heart is called "feeling" - is misleading, hence not a constructive statement.

          We can learn a lot from Alexander the Great. Feeling a feeling, drove Alexander to level civilizations that had taken eleven thousand years to build. He was great and no matter how much everyone adored him, he was still not satisfied until he would be absolute ruler on top of the world. He was a genius (war-wise) and got there fast. On his death bed, however, at the age of 32, he finally connected to his inner wisdom and understood that all humans are the same. His dying rule and wish was for the "whole world "(the east and the west) to live as one. Thus Mount Nemrut. So "thinking with one's heart", means matching one's intention with the universal good. This is my view:-)

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