Feb 22, 2009 Letters
As the dark veil is being lifted from the plaque of some of the biggest corporations in the world, there is a constant revelation of stark, rotten, putrid and decomposed dishonesty, creating shock waves in various quarters. These veils are drenched with the financial blood of human beings, who had given so much to a scheme, whose returns now seem remote and dismal.
Many times over is the world betrayed by that honest look and that generous hand, but behind this façade lurks the most sinister, malignant and vicious criminal elements. These fatal financial disembowelments have created much sorrow and discomfort to people already in the throngs of recession, thus inflicting additional hardship to their plight and woes. The world is now cluttered with human wreckage caused by those people, who through devious mechanisms will do anything in takes to acquire wealth at the expense of others.
In man’s quest for a better and fulfilled life, the acquisition of wealth is one of the factors which he preoccupies himself with in the upper-most chamber of his mind. This is the spark that ignites greed and avarice. This is the force which propels the honest mind over the horizon of prominence and into the valley of dishonesty.
It is his belief that with wealth come power, fame and glory. He therefore finds it beneficial to explore all devious means in this pursuit.
In accelerating his efforts, he fails to comprehend that whatever is done under the cover of darkness will be brought to light. In his state there is no mental reservation about penance, although it is an established fact that the scales of justice may tip from side to side, but ultimately it balances itself.
The multi-billion dollar frauds that have been unearthed at some of these big corporations represent a criminality, a web that is reminiscent of the best-seller: “Why did England sleep?”
It is now very clear that these corporations were not properly monitored during their ascension, having avenues available for some to plunder and enjoy the fruits of ill-gotten gains. It is also pellucid that these settlements proceeded unfettered without rigid checks being made by governmental authorities.
Presently, as we examine and carefully scrutinise the works of many charitable organisations and their monetary foundations, it may have been possible that funds of this origin had filtered into these establishments.
This aspect may now tend to tarnish the good and moral image of the recipients. Should they now be deemed as receivers of dirty cash? Surely the tentacles of this catastrophe had gripped almost every faucet of human life. In the wake of these developments, governmental resources should be invested in the field of training personnel to check and monitor the accounts at these big corporations in order to verify perfect balances.
By creating this level of alertness it is expected that the growth of any such malpractices will be short-lived. This will assist in ameliorating the public fear in regards to the banking institutions.
Today, as we ponder in astonishment at these developments with much anguish in our hearts, there is always one question that precedes our thoughts: “Can anyone show me who the good guys are?”
Ronald Alexander Drakes
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