The health of the soul is no more certain than that of the body. Although a man might appear free from the passions’ control, he is no less susceptible to being swept up by them than he is to falling sick when his body is well.
—La Rochefoucauld, Maxim 188
1. It is easy for a Christian to pooh-pooh the seeking of material goods or transient pleasures. The flower fades and the grass withers. But then he spends a fortune to go on vacation around the world, or to have a certain education, storing up memories and “experiences,” as if these treasures are any more lasting or sure, any less transient, than gold. But a man might lose his mind just as quickly as he loses his wealth—and then what will he have?
2. Jesus Christ told us to store up treasures in heaven and not in barns where moth and rust destroy. But who ever said your memory is not just such a barn full of idols? Old age is the moth and the rust. The treasure you should have sought was not a memory but a person: your neighbor.