Friday, May 14, 2010

Cleaning up the OIL SLICK(S)

Three "suits" sat in front of a Congressional Committee investigating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexio. Each was the CEO of his respective company: BP, the contracting oil company managing the project, Transocean the owner and operator of the "rig" and Halliburton the service provider to the contractor.
Each made a statement before "submitting" to questions from the politicos.
And, true to form, each assigned responsibility to another of the three parties. Talk about one "oil slick!" These three represented the kind of "oil slick" that has already reached the shores of North America, contaminating the hearts and minds of observers, students, scholars and even shamans.It says, no matter the circumstances, "I did not do it! But I know who did! And the other guy over there is the one you want to hang the "blame" on!"
Sounds very like a situation in a vice-principal's office, after a brawl in the schoolyard. The three combatants, being interviewed publicly, (this time in front of cameras, in a piece of political theatre, certainly not to be termed a "real investigation" thereby making the questioners just as complicit as the three exec's, using bravado, and cover-up to protect the "legal liability" of their firm, pointed their rich fingers at the other guy.
Certianly it was not BP because they neither owned nor operated the rig. And it was not Transocean because they merely operated the rig, and were under contract to BP. And, as for Halliburton, as the mere service providers, they were under contract and following instructions from the principal contractor, BP.
Here we go round the mulberry bush, here we go....only at three o'clock in the AFTERNOON, not the morning.
Who said the world wasn't turned upside down? Lewis Carroll was so prescient!
There is a theory, propounded by Carl Jung about "masks." He postulated, theoretically of course, that when one's ego and one's mask (persona) are undifferentiated, or unable to be separated, a condition known as enantiadromia exists. For maturation, individuation, the separation of the persona from the ego is necessary.
These executives, as voices for their companies, and the culture of America, seem to provide excellent illustration of Jung's theory. And it will take the whole culture to come to its senses, to realize that only together can the mask be differentiated from the ego.
And as the audience to this "greek tragedy" we have to be very vocal in our conscious rejection of our own tendency to let our mask and ego become fused as one!
It will take more than new boxes, and smaller pipes and ocean tankers and clean-up chemicals to separate the cultural persona (profit and minimizing loss) from the cultural ego (honesty, responsibility and integrity).
And we really don't have much time!

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