This is an interesting book to read, because of the differences among the authors. They were able to discuss corruption from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds/viewpoints.
Here are a few of the main points:
- Corruption hurts life outcomes in a variety of ways. Economically, it diverts resources away from their most productive uses and acts like a regressive tax that supports the lifestyles of the elites at the expense of everyone else.
- Corruption incentives the best and brightest to spend their time gaming the system, rather than innovating or creating new wealth.
- As the difficulties and risk of corrupt behavior rise, fewer people will behave corruptly.
- While auditing doesn’t sound like a glamorous nation-building activity, it is a critical part of ensuring that governments are spending public money responsibly and effectively.
- Corruption is a cancer. At first, it can look small and harmless. Before you know it, it has taken over your entire body. Likewise, the losses from corruption can start small, but in the end the damage is enormous.
When people feel they have no control over their situation they tend to develop learned helplessness.
They miss opportunities for relief or change, because they fail to look for such opportunities.
They never try to change anything, as a result they continue to feel helpless.
I try to be objective when considering new information. I try to place myself in someone else’s shoes when considering their behavior and the alternatives they may have had available to them.
However, I still do not believe true objectivity is possible. There will always be a part of my history that will influence my discussion making process.
What do you think? Is true objectivity possible?
I enjoy this song, because it reminds me to appreciate the little things in life and to do something fun each day.
Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults. There are a lot of benefits to playing.
Here are a few examples:
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.
There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing: video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.
Remember to spend time playing today. It’s good for you.
I just finished reading The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Social Problems by Jason Thomas. The writer starts by explaining how affirmations work. He also said affirmations should be positive and actionable.
Here are a few examples:
- I am strong in my values and confident in my abilities.
- I have the ability to plan, organize, and do.
- I am resilient and fierce.
- I have the power within me to create the life I desire.
I must admit, the whole thing seems a bit silly to me. Has anyone actually tried using affirmations? If so, did you notice any benefit?