Right now the news focus in Panama seems to be on how corrupt the country is. Rather than gasping in horror, we should more correctly be rejoicing. When such things are brought into the light, what is actually happening is the first stage of reform.
Our new president, Sr. Varela, is criticized for not moving fast enough on this.
Confucius, one of my favorite Wise Dudes, has this to say about that:
Success in cleaning up corruption depends on proper deliberation. … We must first know the causes of corruption before we can do away with them; hence it is necessary to be cautious during the time before the start. Then we must see to it that the new way is safely entered upon, so that a relapse may be avoided; therefore we must pay attention to the time after the start. Decisiveness and energy must take the place of the inertia and indifference that have led to decay, in order that the ending may be followed by a new beginning.
The important thing, the thing to focus on here, is that clean-up IS beginning to happen. What we see are the first, hesitant steps. Here are a few more bits of evidence to that effect, should you care to explore:
- Bloomberg View – Panama Needs to Clean Up Its Act
- NEWSROOM Panama, More Investigations into Alleged Government Scams
- From the Panama News, Nepotism and the First lady
In my opinion, President Varella is keeping his campaign promises and making a fine start on cleaning up corruption.
And for those who don’t think he is moving fast enough, I would like to add a reminder from the other Wise Dude I greatly admire, Aesop. Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare?