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The life style of people is determined by culture. Culture is practiced in the society where they live. How the culture is developed, the life style of the people also goes in the similar manner. In a vegetarian society, y people love and care other animals like family members. A person wants to follow the culture which has guided his/her society. Culture is composite of acquired human traits. People is habituated with the culture where they are born and grown up. They can be with anticorruption activities. Therefore, culture should be developed to minimize and control the global corruption.
Ethics and culture
Ethics and culture can be studied separately or side by side. Ethics and culture, two chief aspects of social development, should be studied in-depth by including them in anticorruptology. The ethics is analyzed by moral science and culture by science of culture. Both the ethics and culture are the ideal paths. They are always good aspects of society. When they become bad, the society turns astray. Thus, they are positive and have positive consequences as well.
Ethics: Directed to maintain various behaviors in human life.
Culture: Balances the human life style.
Ethics retains the code of conduct, rules, regulations and character determined by leaders of society. The moral science has defined established principles, rules and regulations. They help develop civilizations from ancient period of time. The moral science analyzes and interprets the essential principles of human character and behaviours. In a nutshell, obeying ethics is supreme human character.
Culture refers to refined and civilized forms of activities. Similarly, society, art, craft, conduct, ideology, custom and ceremony are also parts of culture. Culture refines and improves the life-style. The society that has disciplined life-style is called prosperous society. In this way, culture manages the life-style of people and gives harmony to human behavior.
Let us see the relationship between ethics and culture in following figure:
The above figure shows that, ethics and culture can reside within the limitation of a single life for the benevolence of human beings. But when they try to be developed, they cannot be familiar/mixed. Therefore, if new ethics are made on the basis of traditional ethics and principles, new culture can be developed and they can reside within the same context. In this way, even if they are centralized, they create refined, cultured system on one side and civilized, well cultured life style on other.
Development of Anticorruption Culture:
It is already discussed above that necessary rules and regulations should be made to develop a well-cultured life-style. What type of policy should be made to develop anticorruption culture was also raised. But we know eternal principles of human welfare. The existing policies and principles if effectively implemented, can help the anticorruption culture can be developed. Thus, it is not necessary to introduce new principles for the development of anticorruption culture. We can direct towards anticorruption culture the people who can adopt the existing culture in their life-style who can follow the practiced ethics and regulation. There are many persons and community, who are spending life of scarcity in both the developing and developed countries. The poor people cannot be influenced by the new culture. The well-cultured, civilized, moral and disciplined, people are influenced by anticorruption culture.
While developing anticorruption culture, the target group should be identified. The target group of it is person, community or society because if a person grasps the culture that becomes life style. But if society adopts, that occurs as culture itself. That is why, culture is adopted by community not by a person. A person imitates and obeys the existing culture.
To understand the meaningful aspect of development and preservation, we can analyze the following three questions:
  1. How to prioritize and forward the common interest?
  2. How to be powerful jointly?
  3. How to build prosperous society, nation?
To address these questions, no new principle should be prepared. Only the existing principles and practices should be executed. The right conduct and right thought are eternal truths which had been practiced from time immemorial. Right conduct and right thought are elements to promote human value and beliefs. If the trend to abandon personal interest is developed on the basis of right conduct and right thought, the anticorruption culture can be developed easily.
The following facts should be publicized by all means to develop the culture of anticorruption. Such type of publicity makes the people aware.
Let us take some examples:
  1. One day the property gained from corruption is nationalized. Not only the property is captured but also the corrupt persons are imprisoned.
  2. Not only the question is raised against qualification but also the corrupt are penalized when authority is abused.
  3. As a corrupt person is socially boycotted, all his family members are affected by it.
  4. Those, who acquire property unfairly, are brought under punishment for the economic discipline.
  5. No law can change the corrupt person into ethical one. It should be known to all.
  6. In modern age, politicians and journalists are powerful. Both of them should be subjected to codes of ethics.
If the above suggestions are duly obeyed, the new horizon will be seen in anticorruption culture. Gradually anticorruption culture develops in society.
We have to understand that corruption starts from the decision of a single person and affects many people. While corrupting from one person to another, it makes a large group of vile persons. It is said that a group does not commit corruption. But, at present time, the groups are involved in corruption than at person all level. It is easier to guide society and community towards a right track. The way to guide it to the right track is to make strict law and effective implementation and monitoring it.
  1. Meaning of law making is policy formation.
  2. Implementation of law is development of culture.
Let us see this concept in figure again:

When law is made, implemented and monitored, vigilance and awareness develop in society. Anticorruption culture develops along with it. Thus, necessary policies should be made to develop anticorruption culture. The culture of implementation of the law should also be followed.
Development of Ethical culture:
The culture stemming from geography, caste and time is respected from ancient time in both the developing and developed countries. Culture of one community is dissimilar to that of other. But from the point of view of human welfare and prosperity, ethics and principles seem similar. The culture which has been ethically established and developed is regarded as a good culture and the society having such culture tends to be progressive and happy. The society and community which are experiencing enculturation are compelled to spend painful life. Therefore, only the development of ethical culture makes a person, community and society progressive.
Ethics establishes good culture and culture establishes civilization. Civilized and well- cultured people can establish ethical principles. The ethical principles help to establish well-mannered society. If ethical principles works against anti-corruption in the back force of this cycle system in developed, anticorruption culture is developed on person, community and society.
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