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Monday, November 19, 2007

Bee Movie on Suing and Working

About a week or so ago, I took the family to see the animated “Bee Movie,” with Jerry Seinfeld starring as Barry B. Benson. Seinfeld also co-wrote the screenplay. The humor is very Seinfeld-esque, and the movie quite enjoyable.

But a point is worth noting from a business perspective. When Barry discovers that humans eat honey, he sues to get the bees their honey back. But as so often happens in our litigious society, the fallout from the lawsuit is quite grave. The bees stop producing honey, with flowers and vegetation – and therefore, all life on Earth – placed in peril.

In fact, my favorite lines from the film are when a cow asks Mooseblood the mosquito (played by Chris Rock): “You’re a lawyer too?” And he responds: “Ma'am, I was already a bloodsucking parasite. All I needed was a briefcase!”

In the end, the film also is generally positive about the value of work. When the bees stop working, no one benefits, including the bees. Perhaps we can say something here about the welfare state?

Or, maybe I go too far, and we should just have fun with “Bee Movie.”

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