““Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions.” This is a quote by Slobodan Milosevic. While its origins are unknown, it reveals a powerful truth about the world. Equality, or as defined by Merriam-Webster as “the state of being equal” is something only achieved if there is collective effort, not just on a small scale, but on a widespread level. To achieve it, however, has been the main desire nd goal of all men. For everyone to have their equal and deserved share is something that everyone wants and should have. One of the things that act as a detractor and nemesis to this is nepotism. Citing from Merriam-Webster once again, it defines nepotism as “favoritism based on kinship.” This acts as the basis of corruption. To favor someone, based not on skill and dexterity, but upon one's liking of another person is the most basic form of corruption. From this simple practice, begins the rotting of all law, the rotting of all that is right within a society.
To allow nepotism is one of the most disgraceful, disgusting practices there is on the Earth, on the same level of robbery and theft. This is because in the manner of how robbery steals away things, nepotism steals away opportunities, futures, hopes, and dreams. To engage in nepotism is essentially to destroy another person’s chance at having a better life. At having what they worked tirelessly for. That is something that is not acceptable. To selfishly take away what one has slaved away for, dreamed of, strived of, is a thing that is both despicable and worthy of contempt.
But one may ask, “how do you go about getting rid of nepotism?” There is no simple answer. But, there are a few solutions to prevent the beginning of it. Firstly, more government investigations and stricter trade regulations could prove to be effective in lessening nepotism’s effect. This would expose businesses wide open and shine light to any under-table practices. Hiring practices could also have more anonymity, preventing the employer from seeing the applicant’s name immediately until hiring. This way, nepotism can be combatted effectively and strategically.
To end, corruption is something that can not be simply done away with. Like a virus or disease, it is always alive, changing and adapting. But likewise, with collective effort, we can call out situations of nepotism and prevent it from becoming widespread.