One way corrupt people manage their guilt is to give some of their ill gotten booty to charity. The corrupt delude themselves into thinking that their God would not only forgive them for stealing if they give some to the poor but he might even bless them with even bigger opportunities to illegally pocket state funds once they give something to the lucky poor and chosen political party rather than squander all on high-rises in Florida, European vacations, big cars, Ten Cane Rum, and outside women. Managing guilt via delusions about God is a major way the corrupt don’t go mad with guilt. There are some corrupt ones, though, who simply don’t give a flying green fig about anything but themselves and they are the ones who we should fear the most. They walk amongst us just that they always wear more expensive shirts.
Being successful in the corruption business requires not only the smarts to avoid being convicted of the crime, but to be able to fall asleep without sleeping tablets or alcohol. The corrupt are a special breed and know how to hide evidence either by shredding documents, setting fire to some in what appears to be an everyday fire, and even by intimidating and ordering hits on whistle blowers. The fear of jail is what drives the corrupt to these extremes and it is this fear that cause them to widen the corruption net by intimidating and bribing their way away from arrest and conviction. This fear usually absorbs the rest of their corrupted lives. Corrupt people become corrupt not because the opportunity to thief presented itself on a well-funded Government platter but because they were unable to see way down the road and how just the allegation of corruption destroys them but mainly how it destroys their family.
The fact that in Trinidad and Tobago there are probably no big time corrupt people in jail proves that corruption will become an embedded way of life for many who think the best way to be happy is with stolen money.
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