Editorial Opinion – “Corruption breeds equal corruption” is a saying lost to history as despicable men teach their own bloods how to perfect the art of stealing.
It starts from men who feed their children the result of their own unlawful pursuits, their young flesh ingesting the bile evil of thievery. And so it becomes natural for those who benefit from stolen effects to have to justify the benefit of having money, things, or privileges borne out of irregular transactions.
The case of Janet Napoles’ daughter, spoiled to the bones by the luxury of alleged stolen opulence, is an example of how society has condoned, by not questioning, the lifestyle of offspring of the privileged even if they live far away from the scene of their parent’s crime. There seems to be a psychological approval of the children not becoming part of the parties who are held to account for public malfeasance even if they directly subscribe to the benefits of their crime.
Slowly, when the children mature, their propensity to enjoy riches they did not work for convince them about the regularity of illegal public or private trade. Their immoderate greed become common, acknowledged for the immediate maintenance of gratifying high profile status.
In many ways, the existence of crime and political dynasties is connected to the neutral effect of kingpins and oligarchs continuously uploading the secrets of legal thievery to their own issues. It happens that “only family can be trusted” in the crude words of the Sicilian omerta. The beans are not spilled in equal terms by a non-family member turning state witness. In a practical sense, it is easier to trust your own blood not because “blood is thicker than water” but because human weakness is earlier identified when you meet a person daily and live with him as family.
Because children usually follow their parents to whatever ends, it is basic mathematics to have them easily adjust to the nature of comfortable lifestyles but it should be associated with hard and honest work. After all, it is the obligation of parents to give their children the utmost ease of growth.
Guillermo C. Lopez