Honesty defeats corruption

According to Transparency International’s “Global Corruption Barometer 2013,” corruption continues to be a major issue with little change in percentages since last year. Transparency International’s survey—114,000 people in 107 countries—revealed that 27 percent had paid a bribe in the last 12 months. In the United States over 60 percent of respondents believe corruption has increased in the last two years. 

The good news is that nearly nine out of ten people said they would act against corruption and two-thirds of those who were asked to pay a bribe had refused. 

In the US, 76 percent said they believe “ordinary people” can make a difference, and in his lead article in this issue, Kevin Graunke reinforces this point. Our sister publication, The Christian Science Monitor, regularly reports on people making a difference, although not all of these articles are about combatting corruption. Each story, however, reinforces the idea that all of us have a stake in the world’s journey toward uplifting humanity at every level.

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