You may have heard the phrase, "not all that glitters is gold." I love that.
It comes from a poem written in 1748 Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat (yeah!), the following is an excerpt:
Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters gold.
"Wow, almost three hundred years ago," you might think. But it is not so long ago when you consider these lessons have had to be taught and learned time and time again. Shakespeare teaches us that, and many, many more. This poem is actually quite sexist by today's standards: directed towards women and their love for shiny things. Erring them to be cautious in that which they consider a worthy prize.
What does that say to you?
To me, it shows that humanity is the same. Sure, we have progressed by leaps and bounds in some aspects, and digressed in others. It shows that I was not born in the wrong era, but that I need to conquer my own. We need balance and a higher order in our lives to give it purpose and meaning, because try as we may, material things do not.