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The voices of accountability
Article Type: Literature and insights From: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Volume 29, Issue 2.
A wealth agent in a capitalist market
Once upon a time I was.
In the world of money creation,
Every day I woke up facing
The lust for wealth, power and status.
I was told to embrace these.
For a long moment
I lived the life of the richest.
Romancing with currencies and codes
Sent tingles from head to toes.
Mingling with the world’s tycoons,
Opportunities much too golden to forgo.
This is the life of a trader,
With never ending wealth, power and status.
Living the life of a trader, I thought,
Was always my forté.
It numbs the mind and
Blinds the senses.
I paused for a second and pondered,
Where have all the monies gone?
Down the path making the rich richer.
Where do the poor go then?
Left in silence in poverty still,
They suffer the inequality.
My conscience screamed for awakening,
To the socioeconomic accountability I carried,
To the self-accountability I thought I had lost.
I left the lustful world
That harnesses the fruits of capitalism.
Left for the world of greater good,
To nurture generations with knowledge and hope.
From wealth creator to knowledge educator,
Crossing the path with the slightest thread of hope,
Wishing to make amends with myself,
Realising what I might yet give
To a world more equal and just,
For that is the dream I hold dearly.
Mamunur Rashid and Shi-Min How - Business School, The University of Nottingham, Semenyih, Malaysia