Has anyone seen an oil executive cleaning up the gulf?

No, that’s not a sarcastic question in this post’s header. It’s a serious inquiry. Has anyone seen an oil executive doing physical labor to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico –or in Peru or in Nigeria or in Ecuador? Who are these people who create and run the oil corporations that so readily rape our world for their own profits? We know their logos. We know the names of their corporations–BP, Chevron, Shell etc. But we don’t really know the individual people who really are the brains running these business. We don’t see them in public trying to placate the people whose livelihoods they’ve destroyed. We don’t see them out trying to win public opinion ratings by spin talking. We don’t see them out cleaning up tarballs or saving the turtles or birds or dolphins.  They actually prohibit concerned “small people” from trying to save the wildlife their decisions and actions are killing. One of their hired spokespersons referred to the “small people”—and that says it all. That one phrase reveals everything “we” need to know about how corporate executives view “us”.  “We” are the little people who make the wheels in their worlds go round with every gallon of gas we burn, with every gas guzzling SUV we buy and drive, with every plastic item we purchase and toss into the trash. We are the new serfs in the feudal lands overlorded by corporate oil executives. Now the thing about corporate executives is that they are biologically human just like the “small people”. Oil executives and managers catch colds, get cancer, have accidents and die just like all the “small people”. They really are human–on this level. I’m not so sure on other levels though. Kirstyfliesfree recently raised the point of showing these executives compassion because they don’t enjoy and value the natural world as much as some other humans do.  I’ve been wondering about this compassion issue. It is a big issue for a buddhist. It’s a tough one to be compassionate to very uncompassionate people who bully their employees and who are destroying so much without any whiff of accountability beyond some money that cannot and will not compensate anyone for what is being lost in the Gulf of Mexico. Offer a dolphin some cash for the destruction of its home and see what sort of response comes forth.  Perhaps compassion is possible because these people are clearly lacking in certain values and that is an unfortunate state of being. But does that mean they should not be held accountable for their actions and decisions? Does showing compassion mean that the “small people” forget what corporate executives DO intentionally  to other people and the environment? Does it mean corporate executives get off scott free just because they are “executives”—or BIG PEOPLE?  Because the executives are BIG PEOPLE aka feudal lords they seem to enjoy a certain impunity that no “small person” aka serf would ever experience.  Are corporate executives capable of receiving or giving compassion? It looks doubtful so far. Who are these people? Do they have families that proudly proclaim, “My parent runs BP and I’m so thrilled for all the great toys their big profits buy for me!” Do they?

Much thanks to Kirstyfliesfree for posting the Carl Safina video: 


If anyone sights any BP–or other big oil executives or managers or other BIG PEOPLE actually doing something POSITIVE–or even in public near an oil spill, please post a link to the photo or video. Afterall, we ought to KNOW who our Feudal Lords & Ladies are, shouldn’t we serfs? How else will we know who to bend the knee to if they ever are on the same beach with “us”?

Some names and faces for reference:



Have you seen these folks?


  1. July 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Brillian video (Carl Safina) – should be compulsory viewing. Thanks Eva and big hugs 🙂

    • July 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      Oh Kirsty deserves all the credit for the Safina video. Hope all is clear and clean on your beaches at the moment, Gabrielle. And there are things much worse to ‘hate’ than crows, methinks….

  2. July 18, 2010 at 1:32 am

    The BP guy (Tony Hayward) went to the Gulf and spoke to the locals a few weeks ago, but it was hardly a PR success. They were angry and he was so out of touch with their reality that he just made them angrier. He seems incapable of anything other that putting his foot in it. As far as cleaning up, I’m pretty sure the ‘large people’ feel above all that. Instead they are sending all the newly created unemployed ex fishermen to do the dirty work. When I get angry about it I want them to be forced to swim through the sludge, but that doesn’t help anyone. Regarding systematicweasel’s link, you can’t blame them for being angry. It’s as if BP think they are doing them a favor giving them all this work, with free toxic chemicals at no extra cost! Ah the mighty dollar, how much pain it can cause.

    • July 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      Instead of swimming I think the all BP oil executives and managers and everyone who had a part in the decision making ought to be physically doing clean up work in the same conditions they are enforcing on the hired help. And take the same health risks from exposure to toxic chemicals. If’s it’s good enough for the “small people” it’s good enough for the “Big People” too.

  3. Artswebshow said,

    July 18, 2010 at 1:12 am

    i rather think they are afraid to show themselves because they know what the little people would do to them.
    They are running scared with their tails between their legs.
    Did that cheer you up?
    Well i did try. lol

    • July 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      Actually, in a dark, dark way it did sort of ‘cheer’ me. I image those Gulf folks have many dark thoughts about BP.

  4. systematicweasel said,

    July 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    The people with the power, the higher ups, we will never really know. We may see a picture here and there, but I doubt anything more. An interesting post on the Oil Spill, I saw something on yahoo about it earlier. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_oil_spill_feinberg

    People are angry (of course, when are they not, it’s an angry world to live in, LOL), and it is starting to show.

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