[private] In the March 2009 issue of BIV I wrote an article published under the title of “Our Pot Boileth Over”. Basically the contents had to do with the frequency with which our businesses were constantly being audited by agents employed by the central government.
There seems to exist within our borders a shadow workforce of officials who view themselves as crucial to the economy, yet appear to exist outside the requirements and protections of the law. Their approach appears to be more pragmatic than purely ideological. In other words, party affiliation has neither cause nor effect. Allow me to delineate the events that took place during March of this year.
First, we were audited by a group based in La Ceiba, then we were visited by the immigration department and placed under the meticulous scrutiny of tax collectors from San Pedro Sula. Of course their agenda differed from those from La Ceiba. We tried to explain to them that just days earlier a La Ceiba cabal had been asking most of the same questions and requesting pretty much the same information. Needless to say this did not go over very well.
Their callous contention was that there was crucial information that the La Ceiba group had missed, or was totally unaware of. I would wager that based on my interaction with these know-it-alls, the hardest secret for a man to keep is his opinion of himself.
I must tell you that I had a very difficult time controlling my temper, and even my usually very even tempered wife however was beside herself with rage, contempt and indignation. Usually she is the one who tries to keep me evenly grounded.
To top it off and apparently not to be out done we were even probed by our own municipality, with all of this occurring during a two week period.
The reality of the situation is that the corruption present in our governmental system knows no bounds and has no boundaries. There must be an answer to all of this somewhere. One should have a reasonable course to pursue especially if you can prove that you have paid your taxes and have played by the rules. Is there a reasonable way of actually working with these people besides losing your head and getting angry?
There is a biblical text that refers to anger found in Proverbs 25:28 which states: “he that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Besides a man is never in worse company than when he flies into a rage and is beside himself.
Now, after all of my conveying of the supposed unproductiveness of anger, I have a somewhat embarrassing admission or confession to make. In this particular case, my spouse’s anger and indignation actually worked. When she was though with her verbal barrage, unflattering comments, and pointed accusations, the would-be predators actually left empty handed, which would leave one to conclude that they had no business being there in the first place.
I thought to myself, “What is the moral story in all of this?” My first conclusion was that, a man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package. My second conclusion was that when dealing with these types of individuals, perhaps the best defense is a strong offense.
However, from a national perspective, this country will never prosper as long as it continues in its corrupt ways and to eliminate corruption we must start from the top down, not from the bottom up. Until that day we will be stuck in indigence, squalor, moral bankruptcy and pervasive societal decay. On the local level we have had enough. It’s time for a divorce. [/private]