Image via WikipediaToday I would like to talk about the cost of money. It has been said that "Money is the root of all evil" but money is merely a medium of exchange. It's the lust to acquire money at all costs that becomes problematic.
Anyone of us in business is in it to make money, to provide food and shelter for ourselves and our families, to buy a romantic dinner from time to time, to vacation in Yosemite, Cozumel or Tuscany, perhaps, as a reward for our hard work, and to maintain a good standard of living.
Anyone who has seen the film, "The Corporation," is privy to the conclusions presented to the viewer; namely, that if a corporation, which enjoys the status of an individual, were actually a person, that person would be a psychopath because its one main goal is to generate income without caring who gets hurt in the process.
We all see the proof of this in the latest ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico which makes British Petroleum look like a Tim Burton version of the Cat in the Hat. BP wanted to cut corners here and there and failed to include the kind of technology that would have nipped this tragedy in the bud. Their rig exploded, taking eleven people with it. Now it appears that BP has prevented activists from saving endangered sea turtles prior to burning huge oceanscapes filled with burgeoning oil.
The sea turtle most affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the Kemp's Ridley which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Parties responsible for killing the endangered turtles are liable for criminal penalties that include prison and civil fines of up to $25,000 per violation.
As a result, BP perversely has a financial incentive to let the endangered turtles be incinerated rather than to allow rescue crews to cull them from the burn boxes before the containment fires are lit.
"They ran us out of there and then they shut us down, they would not let us get back in there," said turtle rescuer Mike Ellis in an interview with conservation biologist Catherine Craig that was posted on YouTube.com. (Source - MyFoxTampaBay.com)
Clearly the actions of BP leading up to the tragedy, and in handling their spilt oil, reveal to any thinking person that they care more about money than people (or endangered animals) and just want their life back.
I have a feeling that over the ensuing months, and years, we are ALL going to want our lives back, but the people feeling it the most are those in the Gulf who had livelihoods that are now destroyed.
Not ALL corporations are psychopathic. Case in point. Our company, Crystal Pyramid Inc., is a corporation. As one of its principals, I decided to use my super powers for good, and recently collaborated on a music video that the songwriter, Katherine Archer, of St. Augustine, Florida, and I hope will bring more awareness, and aid, to the disaster in the Gulf. It's called "Black Black Blood."
I wrote about my collaboration with Katherine in a recent blog in "A Diary Left Open" in an entry called "Black Black Blood."
Here is the video. Please share it with all your friends so that we can all get on the same page regarding our shared future. I think we all realize by now that it is not about money. It's about love.