IT is not just speculation in the financial markets that makes prices and people’s lives go awry.
Mankind can be terribly inventive when it comes to making money.
The black market for organ transplants in China created international headlines when a teenager sold his kidney to buy an iPhone and iPad. This is evidence that people can resort to desperate measures to obtain money.
Take the case of masseurs offering extra services for just RM50 to RM150 more. They do not care if their actions will affect the image of other masseurs and that the word massage will increasingly take on a negative connotation.
How do we control this unfettered greed?
Governments, financial markets and supervisory authorities as well as the police are hot on the trail of fraudsters and excessive speculators.
They have scored a large measure of success in nabbing these errant ones.
But cases that pop up indicate that the problems are far from being over as fresh challenges arise.
A lot has to do with early childhood education and how older people conduct themselves as role models.
Peer influence is not to be under estimated. Parents and guardians must really make sure they know where and with whom the child is, petty as this idea may be.
Values are learned at home, in school, during extra-curricular activities and even at the workplace.
Good teachers, instructors, bosses and leaders will always make it a point to inculcate the right values.
We always hope for and work towards making the world a better place, which in the words of president Barack Obama should be “peaceful, prosperous and more just,” at his speech as the first US president to address the British houses of parliament at Westminster hall in London, last month.
·Associate editor Yap Leng Kuen knows that people are not perfect but those who knowingly take advantage of others should not be excused.