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The man who became rich after founding McAfee, a company that produces computer antivirus software, has decided to get rid of many of his earthly belongings. An article in the New York Times reported John McAfee had lost a lot of wealth during the current recession, but his change of heart does not appear to be due to the economy. Last year, McAfee hosted an extraordinary giveaway at one of his properties in Colorado. He invited the community to come and take anything they wanted from a hangar, free of charge. Residents of the area confirmed McAfee gave away antique cars, paintings, suits, and furniture valued in the millions. He described the experience as great. McAfee said “I just made everyone welcome and it was a wonderful time.”

McAfee has continued to sell his property in several locations. The article in the New York paper generated hundreds of comments; most of them were unsympathetic and critical of the excessively rich. McAfee, who is described by friends as down-to-earth and generous, wrote a response to the paper expressing his heart. He said he agreed with many of the comments. He said, “I fully agree that I had little need for most of my toys. I spent money on houses that I seldom visited. I conspicuously consumed. …But I achieved a degree of economic success within a culture that was created by the world’s most excessive consumer society. I blindly accepted this culture.” When asked about his new net worth, McAfee commented, “Whatever we come out with, will still be more than I need, more than anybody needs.”

“More Than I Need” Magnate Selling off his N.M. property, Albuquerque Journal, August 26, 2009, Rene Romo. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (GW) “A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have. (7) We didn't bring anything into the world, and we can't take anything out of it. (8) As long as we have food and clothes, we should be satisfied.”

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