LM, Episode 427, 1/25/21

When I was in college, I read Dante’s The Divine Comedy.  In it, Dante takes a tour of the afterlife, including purgatory, heaven, and hell, or what he called the inferno.
                                                                                                                                                                     There were nine circles of hell, depending on the sins you committed in life and each had their own punishment.  Those who struggled with anger were thrown into the river Styx and tear each other apart.  The violent spend eternity in a boiling river of blood.  Thieves sit in a pit of vipers and when they are bitten, they turn into a viper to bite other thieves.  People who flatter spend eternity in a river of feces, which is, probably, the origin of the expression, “up shit’s creek without a paddle.”

If Dante’s is correct, someday there will be more inhabitants of the inferno. When the Sakler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, die, if Dante is correct, they are destined for hell. These people, knowing how addictive and dangerous their drug, Oxycontin, is, they paid doctors to overprescribe the drug, leading to 450,000 overdose deaths in the past 20 years. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they hired McKinsey Consulting to help, “turbocharge,” sales.  McKinsey came up with the idea of paying distributors a rebate of $14,810 for every person who died from pills the distributor sold, I guess to ease their conscience.  They predicted that CVS alone would cause 2,484 customers to die a year.  McKinsey also helped Purdue Pharma with messaging to counter grieving mothers who lost teenager children to overdoses.  All of this in the name of making MORE money.

Today on Management Monday, we all need to make profits, but I hope no one will ever go to the egregious lengths these POS’s did.

Dante envisioned Lucier is a three headed monster and in his mouths he is chewing on the three biggest sinners of all time, Judas, Cassius, and Brutus, but I believe when the Sakler family and those from McKinsey Consultants arrive, Judas, Cassius, and Burtus will have a good chance for a reprieve.  “Oh, sure we killed Jesus and Caesar, but, come one, these people raised the bar on evil.”

Have a great week and always remember laughter matters.

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