Saturday, February 28, 2015

MATERIAL GIRL

Some may say it is materialistic to want a lot of money. I beg to differ.

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I was sitting in a cafe at the entrance of Bangsar Shopping Centre. As I swirled my drink while observing the people milling about the drop off area, I noticed a group of distinguished looking men wearing ties and lappelled business suits emerge from the mall. From the way their eyes crinkled when they smiled and the silver streaking their hair, they were probably in their mid to late forties.

One gentleman in particular subtly exuded an air of higher importance, each individual personally taking the opportunity to grasp a farewell handshake.

At the same time I noticed an interesting trio.

Two maids dressed in white uniforms from head to toe, standing patiently aside. Their hair neatly bunned up, feet clad in sensible comfortable shoes. One was holding the handles of the wheelchair while the other tended to its occupant. In the wheelchair sat an old lady, hunched with age. Her blouse mandarin-collared, skin stretched taut and paper thin over high gaunt cheekbones, face speckled with age spots.

A Vellfire drew up and the door slid smoothly open. I watched as one of the car seats automatically extended outwards then downwards. With the two maids gently supporting her, the grand dame slowly rose to her feet and hobbled the few inches between her wheelchair and the car seat. Slowly, cautiously, she sat down before the seat slid back the way it had came. The maids folded up the wheelchair and bundled it into the backseat before getting in themselves.

He bade his last goodbyes to the group before climbing into the car after his mother.

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While I do think it is true that the desire for money can be materialistic, that is not necessarily always the case. 

To evaluate more accurately, what do you see the money bringing you?

A wardrobe filled with the changing seasons of Chanel, Hermes, Ferragamo, Versace, Louis Vuitton?
A new iPhone every time Apple releases their latest version?
To flash your cash on booze for simply anyone and everyone in the club?

Or

Provision for your loved ones in their old age?
Freedom of uncertainty for your children's education and future?
Quality time and conversation over a nice meal with your closest friends?




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