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Homer Marciniak, a retired bank janitor with a valuable comic book collection, died of a heart attack at the age of 77 back in July. That's not the unusual part. What is is that Marciniak's heart attack came after his house was broken into and he was hit in the face by the robbers. What did they take? His valuable comic book collection, which he had been hoping to sell for somewhere between $40,000 and 100,000 in order to leave his family with the money when he died. An honourable plan for a man who received his first comic book at the age of six and considered the collection "priceless." Unfortunately, one of the men he encountered during this time, a former collectibles business owner named Rico Vendetti, saw an opportunity to get something incredibly valuable for free, and had Marciniak's home broken into and the goods stolen. All this over a bunch of comic books. On the surface, this may seem like an isolated incident. After all, none of us would ever do something that terrible, would we? And especially not over a bunch of colourful pieces of paper...right? But maybe that's not so much the point. Maybe the point is, what kinds of things do we give that much importance to in our lives? The kinds of things that maybe we wouldn't literally kill for, but we'd do a lot of things just to get them, or not to have to give them up. Are they really the things worth holding onto? Are they material? Will they last forever after we leave this earth? Or are we putting all our hope and happiness into things that really, in the big picture, don't matter at all? 

Think about it.

Read The Associated Press' full article here




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