Coronavirus & the Seven Deadly Sins

Pride: Oh how we’ve had to suffer people posting their pics with pride from exotic international destinations, while sitting alone binge-watching Netflix.

Envy: Well Donald Trump, you were envious of China’s success and attacked them with duties and trade barriers.  The ‘Chinese’ virus as you call it just might be nature’s retaliation for your sins.

Gluttony: Empty shelves at Walmart?  Perfect!

Greed: Are you still boasting about how much money you’ve made in the stock market? Making a small fortune selling knick-knacks or a nifty software app?  How about Facebook and Amazon trying to takeover the world?  Perhaps now you’ll feel a bit of empathy for those of us with little ambition and who are incapable of innovation?

Lust: Not much of this going on now – with bars, cinemas and restaurants closed (so much for dating) and self-isolation there’s not much room for that sort of fun.  A pity really.

Sloth: Probably the only ‘sin’ that shouldn’t be a sin at all.  It’s finally fashionable to be a lazy bum.

Wrath: Angry environmental protesters take note:  Nature doesn’t approve of hypocrisy.  Drive home, fill your plastic shopping bags with whatever toilet paper you can find, turn on the heat (or air conditioning) and stay put.

greed pic

Image from the MET: Representing the vice of greed, this image belongs to a series of prints of the Seven Deadly Sins, engraved by Pieter van der Heyden after drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

About Mal Spooner

Malvin Spooner is a veteran money manager, former CEO of award-winning investment fund management boutique he founded. He authored A Maverick Investor's Guidebook which blends his experience touring across the heartland in the United States with valuable investing tips and stories. He has been quoted and published for many years in business journals, newspapers and has been featured on many television programs over his career. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, and known across Canada as a part-time musician performing rock ‘n’ roll for charity, Mal is known for his candour and non-traditional (‘maverick’) thinking when discussing financial markets. His previous book published by Insomniac Press — Resources Rock: How to Invest in the Next Global Boom in Natural Resources which he authored with Pamela Clark — predicted the resources boom back in early 2004.
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2 Responses to Coronavirus & the Seven Deadly Sins

  1. Ray Ridgway says:

    Thanks Mal, it is always entertaining to read your bons mots. I propose another deadly sin, Stupidity, which Trudeau displays a-plenty and which, inexorably, is driving business out of Canada. If you ever again come to the the Centre-of-the-Universe, aka Ottawa, I will gladly stand you some drinks.

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