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The Man Who Had Everything

Christopher Winans, in his book, Malcolm Forbes: The Man Who Had Everything, tells of a motorcycle tour that Forbes took through Egypt in 1984 with his Capitalist Tool motorcycle team.

After viewing the staggering burial tomb of King Tut, Forbes seemed to be in a reflective mood. As they were returning to the hotel in a shuttle bus, Forbes turned to one of his associates and asked with all sincerity: 'do you think I'll be remembered after I die"?

Forbes is remembered. He is remembered as the man who coined the phrase, "He who dies with the most toys wins.? That was the wisdom of Malcolm Forbes. In fact, that was his ambition. That's why he collected scores of motorcycles. That's why he would pay over a million dollars for a Faberge egg. That's why he owned castles, hot air balloons and countless other toys that he can no longer access.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave us words of superior wisdom when he said, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul"? (Matthew 16:26). It is a fatally deficient wisdom that declares "He who dies with the most toys wins.?

Family Survival in the American Jungle, Steve Farrar, 1991, Multnomah Press, pp. 47-48