hard to care more about profits over people when you're operating from a place of love for all mankind.
Totally agree. And actually, this is what I feel is at the heart of the problem with corporations.
As I type this out, it sounds crazy. Sorry I'm not more articulate....
The whole concept of corporations as people ( legally, they're afforded some of the same rights that natural people were granted in the Constitution ), while troubling, is still a useful metaphor.
I think once you have a publicly traded corporation, it basically becomes an entity beyond any individual's control. Sure, there are people at the top at any given time, but ultimately it's a creature that lumbers on in its own way, made up of the men and women that invest in it, or work for it.
But if you look at its DNA, what motivates it... it's pure profit. Its reason for living is to make as much money as possible for its investors. And it'll use whatever means it can to maximize that potential, and circumvent anything that gets in its way. And if the CEO offends it, it'll pluck them out, and replace them with one that does a better job.
Google got ridiculed for putting "Don't be Evil" in their corporate charter. Ultimately, it was probably naive, but I appreciate the effort. They were trying to stamp something in their company's DNA, so that its one driving passion wasn't profit.
Basically, I've come to see corporations as golems, or wind up toys, or simple computer programs. They're not good, they're not evil. They're just doing what they were programmed to do before they got the spark of life shocked into them.
So maybe working harder to inject a little love into them at the outset isn't the worst idea.
To quote Jon Stewart:
"I know the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people," Stewart said. "But what I didn't realize is that those people are assholes."