mardi 13 mai 2014

Seven Deadly Sins and Economy

Our economy is based on the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, lazyness, wrath, envy and pride. Each one of these sins sponsors and supports a branch of industry. We have many allegorical pictures of these deadly sins from the past, for example the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch:
Nowadays we could illustrate the deadly sins and their power over our economy with ads, e.g. an ad of fashionable clothing is a good illustration of what is called pride, an ad of an action game is a good illustration of what is called wrath, an ad of sweets or chips points to the sin of gluttony, etc. The main sin of our civilization is probably gluttony, the desire of getting more and more, an insatiable desire that is both satisfied and stimulated by the machinery of modern economy. We want this machinery to work more efficiently, to give us more and more things, more and more pleasure. If it slows a bit, we see this as a disaster. Now, Estonian economy doesn't grow any more, we are in a slump. perhaps it means we are not yet sinful enough. A virtuous person, an ideal Christian is an economic criminal: he consumes little, produces little, and gives things away without asking for pay.

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