The bee industry certainly is not void of greed, envy, ego, jealousy, etc. It's just like any other industry.
This is interesting...along the lines of the cam's comment about "pure"ity. I think there are many people in the hobby that think that beekeeping is charity work because we're doing nature a good deed by keeping bees. While there are good aspects to keeping bees, and while we can help out the industry or hobby by spreading information about bees, the bottom line is that we're all still humans. Bees don't make us any more or less human than anything else does.
We're all in it for ourselves at base level. I do it because I enjoy it. If my life and money depend on it I'm going to do whatever I need to to protect it. If I had 10,000 hives (or even 50) I'd be doing things far far different than my current 10.
We're all connected by bees, but that doesn't mean we do things even remotely similar. I think that there comes a time when a beekeepers association needs to be seperate for hobby beeks and for commercial beeks. I think it was great for bjorn to start another group for different people, they do things a different way. It is about recognizing differences and acting appropriately instead of letting those differences destroy.
Although I'm still trying to kill myself over bjorn's 10% difference... :-D