While watching an old favourite last night, it occurred to me that, with small changes, one scene suited a modern take:
Man in Suit: Sir, your files say you’ve worked hard to align your business with our new global principles. Do you feel your business is now sustainable?
Small Business Owner: Sustainable? Well, now let me see. You know, I don’t have any idea what that means.
Man in Suit: Well, it means that you’re ready to operate without being a net drain on society…
Small Business Owner: I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it’s just a made up word. A politician’s word, so young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie, and have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I happy to see my business constrained by this new way of thinking?
Man in Suit: Well, are you?
Small Business Owner – pauses, thinking. He sighs, resigned: Well it’s the future
[He wants to say: There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Sustainable? It’s just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.]
I guess Mr Auditor in a smart suit packs up with a self-satisfied smile and drives away in his Prius.