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Such cases remind us that prevention is better than cure and this is applicable to many areas of life. Those in all positions of authority need to bear this in mind, not just for the sake of the masses, employees or citizens, but for their own sake as well. The Cycle of Greed Monopolistic powers cross the line countless of times and, consequently, end up as enemies of the people in so many instances. They take what belongs to the populace and in doing so seem to feed themselves and become monstrosities that gather speed and strength, tornado-like, building into a cycle that one day turns against themselves.

For this reason, this author appeals to all leaders of the people in their respective spheres of influence to remove the taboo on discussion of the political process, issues of good governance and public morality (or immorality), and the concerns of the people. For example, this author disagrees with the view that religious communities should limit their interests to religious affairs and discuss only issues that directly encroach upon their religious freedom. It is such self-imposed taboos that enforce a virtual ban and thereby effectively favour the political status quo as such.

With mouths closed, however, one will learn much more and faster than otherwise. The mind closes in proportion to the extent the mouth opens! When one observes predominantly through mind and heart, for every negative confronted, one also learns its positive counterpart. For example, confronted with rudeness, one immediately realises the beauty of courtesy. Imagine the win-win effect if one replaces the negative with the positive. As a volunteer or apprentice to the career politician, one is not directly involved with most conversations or dramas that are being played out.

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