Bassanio’s Insight

All that glisters is not gold; often have you heard that told.

Shakespeare Unlimited

222 “So may the outward shows be least themselves, the world is still deceived with ornament.” Says Bassanio—Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t assume valor just because he wears upon his chin, “The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars.” Portia’s father designed the test of the three caskets to prove a point: sometimes what is prized by the multitude—silver and gold, prove dangerous commodities to possess. Whereas lead, being unvalued economically, can carry special worth not susceptible to the pilfering of moneygrubbers, secure in the realm of hidden worth and sentimentality. What can’t be stolen from you should be valued the most: knowledge, health, family, memories. Money should be a secondary thing and way too much emphasis is put on it in our society, not to mention it oftentimes just masks the debased qualities of the thing it mingles upon.

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