Written by Alex Hickey
Friday 25th August
Hubris: (of Greek origin) describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous overconfidence. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris)
Fervor: Intensity of feeling or expression. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervor)
Alexander the Great of Macedonia, a man whose name is after my own heart, a conqueror by thought and by character, pillaged and raped his way through Eastern Europe and most of Mesopotamia in search of glory and the ends of the earth. But he did not realize how vast his ambitions were, this is where I believe the origins of hubris come from, for anyone with such mal-intent must be absolutely nuts and full of such things as hubris and fervor.
And this is also some of the core beliefs of the Maltese culture as well, hubris and fervor; and why not? Alexander the Great never conquered these islands and why should he have? We’re only the key strategic points of the Mediterranean, fuck him, he was better off without us.
But, he was eventually poisoned and murdered, was that hubris? Did his ambition overtake his ability? Did someone finally realize somewhere out in the Middle East or India that this guy couldn’t possibly go on for much longer? Well, shit man, maybe so, but does that necessarily imply that we are headed for the same ends? Or am I just a paranoid schizophrenic bent on scaring foreign investment out of the country?
Possibly the latter but frankly what do I care? I have investments abroad and several women on my mind, what do I care about foreign investments in whatever? But yes, my editor insisted in my talking about investments, so screw it, here it is. So…. things to invest in,
Internet based companies, like Igaming, internet dating and other IT services, a definite do, it’s booming right now and probably will be while this lasts.
Entertainment and catering, absolutely yes, and don’t forget the damned film industry, almost always forgotten but growing like a weed.
The weed industry, haha, not just a pun, it’s in most smart people’s books and the newly re-instated government seems to be working on it.
Logistics, yes! It’s always been like that and hopefully always will be, we’re the center of the Med for god’s sake.
Rentals and property, well now we’re just getting redundant, aren’t we? That’s a yes.
Agriculture, Forget it, this is a Maltese thing, family run and they do not want your damn help.
Manufacturing, also a no go, not much around here probably because there is a major lack of resource.
Resources, of course not, as we’ve said before, there’s not much there.
Pharmaceuticals, strangely enough, yes there is a market for it, but where it is going is hard to say.
And of course the crown turd, retail and luxury goods and retail, sure why not?
So to cap everything off, there is some money to be made, last night I was out at a staff party, casually chatting with colleagues and what not, discussing upcoming opportunity and passing on information with the bosses and what have you. One of the things you realize at these upscale get-togethers at the beach clubs is how much money there is rolling around this damn place.
But progress always has its price and with a government ripe with scandal and a zealous populous for building and providing, one needs to be weary of various issues which come with this kind of period of boom. Surplus for one, EU intrusion and regulation, a government that is sketchy at best. So coming back to our original argument, do I love to laugh at foreign investors and actively try to scare them away? Hell yeah! And why not, I’m king of the jungle here and I’ll do as I please, but that isn’t to say it’s all illogical gibberish, there is reason behind the madness. Me personally, I’d give the island another 4 to 7 years before it crashes in on itself like a house of cards.
Alexander the Great could have never seen his own demise coming, he suffered from hubris and fervor as well as a light sprinkling of zealousness. He was after all a Mediterranean, and so are we, but those who don’t learn from history… umm, well something happens to those people and from what I understand it’s not particularly favorable. Whatever man, do what you like, this is the disposable generation, so we have disposable income, disposable jobs and disposable bosses, our girlfriends are plastic blow up dolls and being a lesbian can be considered fashionable and appealing to employers. Just before the fall of any great empire there’s always a period of complete decadence and debauchery, am I implying that Malta is the next Sodom and Gomorrah? Not necessarily, sodomy is still not really too main stream it would seem, but there sure are some pretty girls running about and an old boy might get some ideas of his own before too long.
So what am I getting at here? Well, Malta can be a pretty cool place to live under the right conditions and there is lots of money to be made, even if you’re not intending on moving here. But one must be weary and move with caution when sailing these seas because though things are really good right now, shit could hit the fan at any moment and things could really go south quick.
Life is too short to be thinking about silly problems and issues that haven’t manifested yet; lie back on the beach and drink Pina colada instead, relax, take your mind off things. But a bit of clairvoyance goes a long way these days and to have a good idea of what the future may look like is an investors’ greatest asset. So that’s it in a nutshell, for all you Alexander the Great’s out there, beware of hubris and fervor and zealousness for pride comes before a fall, know your stuff before you make any decisions as to where you should put your cash.