Why Human Utopia Filled with Sinful Propositions
Dr. Christopher T. Vang
As a radio personality in Fresno, many callers and listeners have asked me repeatedly about some unresolved socio-cultural issues related to bribery and corruption that continue to haunt the leadership of Hmong Americans for hundreds of years. Many wonder if anything could be done about it, and if not, how Hmong Americans can continue on this path of life. However, Hmong Americans are not alone in the world of political corruption, dishonesty, deception, and bribery.
Let’s be frank to all listeners and callers because no human being is 100 percent honest, and no one is free of sins in this world. Only God is free of all, and all human beings are imperfect in nature. For that, everyone is part of this egotistical maniac that leads so many good people to the commission of sins and dishonesty. Life is a long process of trials and tribulations before the individual persons can find peace, freedom, justice, and liberty for himself or herself. With that in mind, let’s examine the following life circumstances so that we can help others understand why corruption is ruling our world today.
Keep this in mind, corruption is not an innate trait of human character from birth but is a learned behavior that a person acquires in life to satisfy one’s greed. Also, the human heart is given by God with perfect formation for a purposeful mission; however, the guidance of the heart is based on one’s view of power, sex, money, politics, privilege, and social changes in the world how to live a life.
First of all, human dishonesty is everywhere, and it involves all ages, males, and females. Many good people are pressured to be dishonest for socio-political reasons to improve their social status. The question people need to ask themselves is: Is it practical to be dishonest? Of course, not, but for some it is practical, and for others is unacceptable at all. It depends on the individuals’ conscience, faith, values, principles, and social maturity level. For instance, during the time of economic struggle people are doing whatever it takes to survive, and survival is sometimes dishonest and corrupt with bribery or distortion of truth. Moreover, most governments in the world are involved in some kind of political corruption in nature. For instance, political loyalty and policy pressure involve corruption, dishonesty, pressure, cover up and bribery.
Second, human corruption does bring some instant rewards and results to the corruptors, but keep in mind that dishonesty is only for a short-term gain. Admittedly, corruptors know in their hearts and minds that their dishonesty only serves their personal ego to get by. In other words, they do it purposefully to please their immediate needs and disregard all potential consequences. For instance, hiring an illegal immigrant to clean up one’s house without following the law of the land will jeopardize one’s chance to tackle illegal immigration issues while running for public office.
For example, currently, the US Congress voted in the house to hold the US Attorney General in contempt of US Congress for refusing to turn over gun control policy documents. This is a good example of political corruption and government dishonesty to cover up. However, perhaps, it is for the best interests of this nation.
Third, corruptors know well that bribery, dishonesty, and corruption are morally wrong but unavoidable. They would commit the act to bring benefits to themselves or their group members and that serves a purpose of ignoring their morals or ethics to win whatever it takes to make them happy. Moreover, these corruptors lack self-image when they corrupt to win because their dishonesty often gives them the sense of being honest while trying to ease their internal struggle, using excuse, minimizing the impact, and/or justifying their dishonesty in a variety of ways to fulfill their greed. In other words, things seem to be perfectly normal when one conspires to protect the scheme of duping people. For instance, the Ponzi scam that rocked America and the subprime loan mortgage that disowned millions of home owners are financial greed for a short live.
Fourth, corruptors always find good reasons to hide their dirty tricks to cover up bribery and dishonesty. In most cases, these individuals tell others to follow along because dishonesty is the right way to buy out people and make it sound less offensive than what it is. For instance, corruptors would lie, cheat, and coerce to win, and at the same time, they would impart their followers that a bribe is not dishonest because they treat it as a favor or an expediting contribution, or a fee to get things done. For instance, “no money no talk” approach is the mindset of these individuals. Furthermore, money is the game, so they will do anything to trap people in order to fool them mentally.
Fifth, corruptors know so well about people’s perception of and belief in honesty, so they will do anything in their power to cheat, manipulate, bribe, and lie to get away with legally rather than trying to deal with all situations with truth, honesty, and moral obligations. In other words, these corruptors believe in themselves that they are smart enough to get away because they are creative to fool others with dishonesty. For instance, they do not care if people are poor, hungry, or destitute as long as they are the beneficiaries of the game. These conpeople show no remorse for ripping off people’s monies and lives.
Sixth, corruptors with narrow-minded attitudes would believe that dishonesty and bribery are the only way to achieve success; otherwise, honesty will require more of their time to do the work, so they will do anything to win now. For instance, corruptors would do anything to get what they wanted for now and forget about tomorrow’s consequences. A short live is better than a long live for these crooks. So, dishonest people justify their ways of doing by deceiving themselves with false statements, lies, concocting reasons, foolish attitudes, and immoral egos. Consider for example, these crooks would only look at the money, but not people’s interests. Once they can control the money, they will never listen to anyone again.
Seventh, corruptors have a serious problem dealing with personal and social temptations. They need to have immediate financial gain in order to have luxurious lifestyle to serve their short live. So, when someone present to them with an opportunity for dishonest dealing for financial gain, they would take advantage of that to fulfill personal greed and disregard who they really are because it is hard to resist such temptation. In other words, good people are tempted and become corrupt because of irresistible opportunity. Also, nowadays, offers of bribe to destroy honesty are quite common, and in most cases, the lure of earning easy money is a strong one for honest and moral people to shun. Soft money is bitterly sweet while hard money is everlasting relief.
Eight, most corruptors come from poor financial backgrounds. For instance, most lack professional careers, have struggling living situations, and cannot cope with the rapid social changes. So, the only way to gain financially is to be dishonest toward fighting these means by corrupting to earn respect from other corruptors. In other words, they would do whatever it takes to join the club of dishonesty to protect the group’s best interests. Moreover, they would fulfill the role of dishonesty in order for them to earn honorable rank within the group by showing their collusion. For instance, mediocre individuals are seeking political appointments by conspiring with others to win public office, and some are doing big favor to commit voting fraud along with illegal contributions.
Ninth, corruptors believe in themselves that dishonesty is normal in life, or a necessary act to protect their best interests, acceptable way of doing business as long as they are not caught, and some believe it is a fair share of business. In other words, corruption is considered to be a kickback, tip for good work, and exchange for special treatment. In some cultures, corrupt leaders and officials demand money before performing their duties, and in some business transactions, a deal is always accompanied with a gift. Not all are bad; however, think about who are being ripped off in these cases. For instance, power, privilege, and corruption are the triangular dimension of human dishonesty. In some cultures, human sexuality also involves the dirtiest and heinous act of sin of all time.
And, tenth, even most corruptors know that dishonesty and bribery are social malice that will defeat their greed ultimately, they still commit the crime against self-morality anyway. In other words, self-defeating is the final consequence that these corruptors would have to face in real life, and perhaps, in death as well. They are living on the edge of their personal integrity, and once their greedy integrity generates no trust and bond after years of committing dishonesty, their schemes and coning minds will yield no long-term success for the greater good of the people. All people will remember is their dishonesty, corruption, and scheme of immorality against humanity despite their expediting successes.
Therefore, at the very least, Hmong Americans, especially leaders, should try their very best to be honest with integrity. Creating a good reputation is better than earning the soft money that will defeat one’s own soul and spirit in the end. Cultural corruption is not new to Hmong Americans, and perhaps, it will get worse if nothing is done to change it. On the contrary, honesty does bring true successes and is the ultimate winning that will be remembered for forever. Finally, today’s world is literally dominated by the dishonest human-created nature rather than the Godly created universe for the genesis of all. So, we all must be careful to watch out for those who will do anything in their power to dupe others financially and politically. For that reason, corruption permeates the world and life is filled with dishonesty because of irresistible sins.