Once upon a time, we used to think that the primary Natural Resource in this country was agriculture. But, since that was something that we learned in school way back in the 80’s, we got to thinking that maybe we should check out Google… just to be sure, to be sure.
Seems that (in no particular order) out Natural Resources are: natural gas, petroleum, peat, copper, lead, dolomite, barite, limestone, gypsum, silver and some zinc. And that there are Key industries based on these and other natural resources include fishing, foresting, mining, livestock, and other forms of agriculture and fish farming. Wow. Natural Gas you say, internet? Petroleum? Are we talking about the same country here?
Corruption, however, is not mentioned. Even though it brings hundreds of Millions of Euro in revenue to Ireland (including Limerick) each year, every year. While this resource is something that’s built into everybody’s psyche as human beings, apparently it’s more highly evolved in the Irish (the Irish upper class to be more specific). Naturally, most other countries have tried to mimic our skill in mastering this resource but there are not many nations who have excelled as we have, it would seem.
Let’s face it, in Ireland corruption is rife. It’s everywhere you look. It’s time to understand it, and time to embrace it. You see, the corruption isn’t the problem. As we’ve already mentioned, corruption is in everybody’s DNA. The problem lies in that our perception of corruption is that it’s a bad thing. This is what we’ve been taught. It’s time to get away from our naïve views of what is corrupt and what isn’t corrupt. What exactly do you think is keeping this tiny Island on the West of Europe afloat economically? Hint: It’s not fecking ‘dolomite’.
We’ve got to face up to reality and live with the fact that Ireland is corrupt. Any of the fanciful wishes we have in hoping that it will ever be any other way (at least in our lifetime) are valuable energy and time wasted. Instead, we need to spend our energy in understanding how to guide our personal situations towards a situation that is benefited by corruption.
Please drop us a comment when you figure that out. Why don’t they teach this in primary school? At least our children’s eyes would be opened and their expectations would not exceed the reality imposed upon them by you and I.
Is mise le meas,