Today I heard a very telling story about the ex-husband of a family friend in Thailand. He had remarried, and bought at that time an expensive Mercedes, particularly prominent in Thailand, and prized it so highly that he didn't let anyone, including his wife, drive it. One day when his family's normal car was in the shop for repairs, he suffered a stroke---but his wife didn't know how to drive his Mercedes, and so couldn't take him to the hospital. They had to wait a while for an emergency team to arrive, and in that time he incurred brain damage that left him vegetative for the few years before he died.
If a more salient message admonishing those who love too much their worldly goods is to be played out on life's stage, I have yet to see it.
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