Two Young Men That Made $1 Billion
If you’re trying to find out what makes people tick, you might take a look at the Seven Deadly Sins from the old Baltimore Catechism.
Remember them? Pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. Of course, the deadly sins are all bad and all extreme and all no-nos.
But there’s an unsinful, unextreme side to every one of them where you can see how good and honest people act and react. On the sunny side of sinful pride, for example, nice people still take normal, unsinful satisfaction in what they are and what they have.
Short of deadly covetousness, people have an understandable desire to possess some of the good things in life. Instead of sinful lust, there’s good old love that makes the world go ‘round. Without raging in anger, good people can still feel a reasonable annoyance with bad people and bad things. Without getting into gross gluttony, normal men and women can have a normal appetite for good food and drink. Short of envy, there’s a very human yen to do as well as the next guy. And as for sloth, who isn’t happy to learn an easier way to do things. The Seven Deadly Sins. If you want to know what makes people act like people, they’re worth a look.
Martin Conroy died on Dec. 19, 2006 in Connecticut at the age of 84.
Whether or not any truth exists in the prediction that traditional mail is dead and that all communications of the future will be electronic, I do not believe anyone will match the success of Regnault de Mouçon or Martin Conroy.
The fundraising letters of the Bishop of Chartres have most likely been lost.
But here’s Martin Conroy’s “Two young men …” effort: