Today I came across a document which said in part, “Code of ethics to be signed by Every Minister that will prevent them from benefitting during their term in the Government.” I could not but be touched by the naivete of the author. Forget about the poor structure of that statement, but imagine what magical powers that mentality which gave expression to that idea ascribes to oaths!
Think what a world it would be if the mere act of signing a meaningless statement would prevent people from doing what is at the core of their very being.
Did the author even for one moment consider that you cannot make people who are intrinsically bad behave well by forcing them to take an oath? If oaths would work, wouldn’t airport security be a simple affair of making people swear an oath that they will not blow the airplane into smithereens? Wouldn’t that be better than getting the TSA to grope little children and senile old ladies to prevent the Islamic terrorists from mass murder?
The mind really boggles. This epitomizes what is truly wrong with our world. What’s wrong with the world is the extent and pervasiveness of stupidity.
The fact is that people do what is consistent with who they are. You could hand a bazooka to a Buddhist monk boarding a plane with the complete assurance that nothing will go wrong — aside from the hassle of having to put it away in “the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment.” But even box cutters in the hands of Islamic terrorists can bring down airliners. The lesson is that who you are matters, not what kind of paper you sign.
People who put their heart and soul in gaining political power in banana republics (such as India) are not in that cut-throat business for nothing. They are in it for the moolah — now a days counted in the tens of billions of dollars. They don’t care about the laws of the land. They couldn’t care less about signing a stupid oath. After all, a very large number of them are criminals. They have broken laws by the score. So why would signing a “code of ethics” stay their hand for even one millisecond?
I tell you, against stupidity even the gods struggle in vain. We just don’t have a hope. Squeezed between do-gooder stupid people and the essentially criminal, we are supremely effed.