The B Word

If I have to listen to one more major destroyer of the planet use what I’ve come to think of as “the B word,” I think I’ll scream!

The word I keep hearing these people use over & over again is … balance. They always say they have to … balance… their concerns for the environment with economic concerns. (Guess what invariably loses??)

If I were a cartoonist instead of a word person, I’d draw a clever picture showing what their cockeyed view of balance really looks like inside the mind of one of these bigshots from the nuclear industry. (Or the chemical industry. Or the forestry industry. Or the oil industry – those Alberta tar sands defenders give me the willies!).(1)

Because, let’s face it, it’s quite abundantly clear to even the average 10-year old, surely, that the health of this planet is the LAST thing any of these supposedly “concerned” corporate types care about. When they pay it lip service, even, it’s only because they’ve been browbeaten into it.

Balance, my foot.

More like bullshit, frankly.

(& they say it with such straight faces! Great actors, aren’t they?)

There’s a slogan that’s been inside my head for a very long time now. I think I once saw it on a placard, or the front of a Greenpeace magazine. Years & years & years ago now.

No jobs on a dead planet.”


Of course, the only thing all the corporate raider types really care about is the “p word.”


And the problem with all the rapacious greed we human beings have been so consumed by, for so long now, is that we all inhabit the same planet. Fouled air, poisoned water & toxic…well, everything else, pretty much; even the rich can’t get away from it anymore, can they??

Now that we’ve polluted seemingly every square inch of this wondrous planet of ours (our only home!) are we finally “getting” that what we really need to work on is something else that starts with the letter “b”?

A big tent.

It’s what we’ve needed all along, of course. An ethic (& behaviour to go along with it) that recognizes that everything really is all connected. Peace within…peace without. Care for every piece of this earth – and all of us who inhabit it.

Well. We’re liable to keep hearing that “b” word from the planet-wreckers. Maybe we all need to get a wee bit … braver…& be a little quicker to spot & confront “Bullshit” when it’s clear that’s what we’re really being subjected to.

And too, of course, always continuing to do our “big tent” work, one way & another. As Joanna Macy has said, “Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world.” It’s true! She has also said “If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open up to the web of life that called us into being.” And… “But now comes the daunting revelation, that we are all called to be saints – not good necessarily, or pious or devout – but saints in the sense of just caring for each other.”

Stirring words!


P.S. Henry David Thoreau said “If [oppression] is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine.”

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Each day we are born again to start our life anew. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha

(1) Of course there are lots of wildly dishonest people in other industries, too. Like the financial world (see “Inside Job”)… & no doubt many others…