All That Glitters Is Not Gold Essay

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Outward appearance can be greatly misleading. Gold is a very valuable metal. It has an attractive glittering appearance too. But it does not mean that everything which glitters like gold should be precious. There are utterly valueless things that look like gold and taking them on their face value is unwise. On the contrary, some of the dull looking things possess immense value. Their appearance is in no way proportionate to the great value they have. This is true of human beings also. A person may be good looking having an attractive character. But he may not possess any real ability or talent.

He can even turn out to be unscrupulous too. A man must be judged on the basis of his abilities and not on his external appearance. Many of the truly good and great men are humble. Goodness and perfection do not go with gaudiness. Like shining glass pieces which dazzle and glitter like diamonds the appearance of men can be greatly misleading. Therefore estimation and analysis of people on the basis of mere appearance is an unwise approach. Appearance are often deceptive. Many things may superficially appear very attractive. When they are examined from close quarters, they prove to be disappointing.

One cannot judge the quality of a thing by seeing its exterior portion only. Every shinning metal is not gold. Very often, things are not what they seem to be. We often form our opinion bout objects on the basic of superficial impression. One should always try to find out the true nature of things. We should try to find out the reality hidden behind their glittering facade. A book with a beautiful cover has no guarantee of its being interesting. A beautiful packaged product launched in the market after massive advertising campaign may attract the consumer.

He may but that product once but if the product is of poor quality, he would not buy it again. A wise discerning person does not accept things at face value. He gets suspicious of a person or thing which appears too good to be true. His trained eyes can see beyond the superficial appearance of an object. The quality of anything can be judge only if we come to know the reality of a thing. Gold is gold if the inner metal is also gold. Many things are made of inferior metal and to hide their defect, they are given a shine. They look beautiful and attract many a person who loves beautiful objects.

An object with a glittering shin of gold cannot b gold unless the whole object itself is gold. All that glitters is not gold. All people wearing saffron clothes cannot be saints. A foolish man ca never be wise by pretending to be wise. A person may pretend to be noble, hiding his defects. One cannot judge a person from his smiling face or cheerful appearance. The wearing of a gown cannot make an idiot a lawyer. One often tempted towards external beauty. Sometimes, even the wise fall prey to such temptations. The most innocent masks may hide behind them the most cunning of cheats.

Simplicity can be deceptive too. One may pretend to be simple though one may not be. The saffron colored dress stands for renunciation and selflessness. The person wearing it is considered to be a saint. He is expected to give correct advice and guidance to whoever seeks his aid. But it is noticed that, in the name of sainthood, many people have accumulated wealth and property by exploiting the innocent faith of the disciples. Consumerism has become the order of the say. One often gets tempted towards buying consumer goods advertised in electronic and print media.

One who cannot afford to buy most of the goods is easily tricked in to buying fake and imitation goods. These good flood the markets in most towns and cities in India. People get easily duped by these products. Education and knowledge can improve awareness among the masses. A layman can be misled. But if he has knowledge about a particular thing, he cannot be cheated. One should use one’s discretion to judge persons and things. One should not misled by external appearance. There are other things of a similar nature written as well, but the gist of the lesson is that one should not go by external appearances.

‘All that glisters’ stands for anything that looks impressive from outside, but is hollow inside; and ‘gold’ can imply far more than the precious metal. Paradoxically, in the deepest figurative sense of the word, the quote eulogises a set of values and a kind of mentality that would give little worth to worldly possessions. There are other popular sayings that convey the same idea, for instance. ‘Do not judge a book by its cover’ and ‘Appearances are deceptive. ’ If we see the winning of Portia’s hand as a symbol of success, I think most of mankind would find themselves in the Prince of Morocco’s shoes.

There is many a golden casket in life which we presume contains a picture of happiness, but which, when we open it, has nothing to show. Numerous people have spent their entire lives pursuing fame, but once they have attained it, have seen its pitfalls and become disillusioned. Many have climbed to power after a Herculean struggle but have fallen a victim, psychologically and physically, to its many pressures. Some view wealth as the panacea for all kinds of ills, but often it has crushed morality, reduced contentment and generated even greater desire.

On the other hand, there have been times when people leading a simple, active and honest life have lived a happy and fulfilling existence. Maybe this is the reason why people born to wealth, like the Buddha and Chandragupta Maurya, gave up a life of luxury to go in search of a higher truth. The adage “All that glitters is not gold” cautions us against forming our opinion about objects on the basis of superficial impressions. It also implies that one should try to ascertain the true nature of things and to understand the reality hidden behind their glittering facade. However, love for glamour is deeply embedded in human nature.

Taking advantage of this inherent vulnerability of man to glamour, cash rich companies rope in glamorous film and sports personalities to advertise their goods and services. Hazrat Bilal Habshi must be before your eyes,the merit he came upto was not measured on the bases of physiognomy, creed, color, caste, or race. Piety was merit; he came up to it. Similarly while carrying on discussion, in context of “Charms Strikes The Sight But Merit Wins The Soul”,on the current scenario of women status in society,fair complexion,ideal height,slim figure and unveiling are considered to be merit for marriage.

Rather than faith,character and integrity of delicate creature. The dead ends due to charming strikes are obvious in form of current scenario of our society,where fake degree holder illiterates are your representatives, illiterate people are parliamentarian and ignorant are leaders,due to the game played by money and superficiality,not by merit. This is the merit which wins the soul not the charm that strikes the sight. The End Justifies The Means An enterprise can succeed only if it has a goal. To achieve that goal an effective method should be adopted. The method can be harmless with no violence in it.

Or it can be hard and cruel which calls for a lot of violence. In both cases the goal is the same. Only the method of achieving it is different. The proverb, a very disputable one, means that if the goal is good the methods adopted for achieving it do not matter. It can be good or bad. The Florentine statesman, Machiavelli, in his book THE PRINCE advocated this doctrine. According to him, it is justifiable to go to any extent for achieving a good cause. It may be necessary to use violence sometimes. It will be harmful to some people. But all that can be justified if the goal is good.

Some great Indian leaders and thinkers like Gandhi have opposed this doctrine. According to them it is not only necessary that goal should be good but the means adopted for achieving it should also be good. In some countries governments resort to anything for suppressing riots. When peaceful requests and talk fail to bring about the desired result, they use sheer force to suppress such riots. They argue that it is for the common good of the public. Whatever be the truth, the doctrine ‘the end justifies the means’ happens to be a very controversial one which provokes much thinking and dispute.

Machiavelli’s entire rhetoric, the end justifies the means, has been used by political leaders in the present which has caused some disastrous effects. For example, Adolph Hitler and Joseph McCarthy used this theory and this led to their personal downfall, and Saddam Hussein also used this idea and his country is now in shambles. This idea has been proven harmful to the country that uses it; therefore, this idea should not be applied. “One can generally say this about men: that they are ungrateful, fickle, simulators and deceivers. ” (par.

14) The prince is manipulative in the mere fact he will not always speak the truth. He tells the people what they want to hear to please them and keep them happy. The prince’s main focus is survival (staying alive and keeping his position of power as is any government). For example, A Senator named Joseph McCarthy caused a panic over Communism in the government by declaring Communists had infiltrated the U. S. State Department. Many of those accused by McCarthy was in the literary or entertainment fields and was blacklisted and unable to find work.

Joseph McCarthy accusations caused political, governmental, and social turmoil that did not help the country at all. His accusations had little or no evidence to back them up. McCarthy thought that accusing blindly would help the country bending the presence of communists in the government, but it only caused his downfall from the government and problems. His paranoia led to many innocent people to be accused and be humiliated because he wanted to end communism. Each Man Is The Architect Of His Own Destiny Essay On Man Is The Architect Of His Own Fortune. The maxim means in plain

English that the fortune of a man depends upon his own self; he can make or mar according as he wishes. In other word, the destiny of a man lies in his own hands, and he can be successful if he only wills it. Man has been sent out to this world by God endowed with all those qualities which are essential for greatness. It is up to man to utilize these qualities. If he puts his whole heart into his work and makes the best use of his talents, he cannot but be successful in life. He only courts failure, if he does not do this. A man who possesses a strong will and a firm determination finds all difficulties solved.

To him there are a thousand ways open to steer clear of all dangers and difficulties. Such a man goes on working hard with a strong resolution and an unshaken will, who achieves success and makes his fortune. It is the height of folly to suppose that wealth, fame or power comes to a man by his sitting at home and only asking for it. A person must be persevering and must exert himself, if he wants to shape out his destiny. He who fails to bring strength of mind and industry to bear upon his work in life has nothing but suffering and troubles as his lot.

If a man cannot achieve wealth and fortune unless he works hard and unless he has a powerful will, it follows that he is the builder of his own fortune, He can make his fortune if he wishes to do so, by being industrious and persevering. He call also bring misery and suffering upon himself if he has not the wish to labour. The well-known story of the carpenter-boy shows how even impossible thing are made possible and how one’s destiny can be completely changed by an iron will. A carpenter-boy was one day found hard at work in repairing a chair and polishing it.

One of his neighbours, who was watching him at his work, ridiculed him for his taking so much pains. The boy replied to his neighbour’s ridicule by saying that there was a motive behind his action. He was polishing it so carefully because he would one day sit upon it. The neighbour laughed at his idea, but what was his surprise when he found that the boy, by dint of perseverance and strength of will, rose to be a magistrate and actually sat upon the chair, which he had himself mended. The carpenter-boy by his own efforts changed his destiny of remaining a poor carpenter all his life. Every man reaps the result of his own actions.

If he is active, he will be rewarded for his activity and if he is idle, he will haye to suffer for his idleness. Many men have a tendency to sit idle. for they say it is impossible to do anything against Fate. But there can be nothing so foolish as to believe that luck or destiny makes one’s fortune. We all known that “Fortune favours the brave, and there is no exaggeration in this. Fortune comes only to those who have the capacity to face dangers without shrinking and who are not disheartened by failure. In other words, those who are active and work with a determination can only come by fortune.

This is the same as saying that only those who have a strong desire to win fortune can be favoured by it. To trust to fate and remain inactive is nothing but cowardice, and it is idle to expect that fortune will ever favour such cowards. To suppose that other persons or powers can be of help to promote one’s well being or give one a fortune only proves one’s weakness. This is never possible. It rests entirely with every individual to shape his own ends. It is thus clear that man cannot improve his condition in life or get fame and fortune, unless he wills it and acts in accordance with his wish.

It is out of the question to hope for success by doing nothing and only dreaming of wealth and renown. It is only the weak and feeble hearted who lay blame at the door of their failures, for which their own idleness and negligence alone are responsible. Those who exert their will are sure to find that fortune is theirs, and their examples as also of those who are fatalists will prove beyond the shadow of doubt that it depends upon every man to improve his position in life or spoil it according as he wishes.

There are men who just resign to whatever comes they say ‘it was so destined, it was so fated’. This is the defeatist’s attitude. True that there are turns of fortune and they determine our life. But efforts can change the direction of the wind. Will can move mountains. Man should keep on with his efforts; he should not succumb or surrenders but should keep fighting on ‘if winter comes can spring be far-behind’ so sang the poet Shelley Faith in one; in one’s capacities and capabilities can turn the tide. Nothing is impossible for a man who possesses self-confidence and self-reliance.

Misfortunes, if they come, should be treated as test times, they test your endurance, your forbearance, your fortitude and the dusk always turns into the dawn. If one sits holding his head that there is all darkness, whither to go, let him take steps forward and there would be light at the end of the tunnel. Man can make or mar one’s life fame and fortune is there but nothing is impossible to be achieved for a man of a strong will. Man is the maker of his fate and God also helps those who help themselves. There are trials and tests God presents them but he also rewards them with results which results are won by one’s own efforts.

Man makes his fate not fate the man. There is a class of men who think that everything is pre-determined in life and, however much you may try, you cannot get out of that groove. So even your best efforts cannot yield more gains than those God has already settled for you, for fate rules supreme. Even great Shakespeare had said – there is a divinity that shapes our will. Man cannot change this fortune. What is lotted cannot be blotted or avoided. But there is another school of opinion, that is more reasonable in this age of science, that a man has powers and parts to build his own career.

The efforts of a resolute and steadfast worker are sure to be crowned will success in the long run. If the students who get plucked once discontinues his effort with the belief that it is his settled lot not to pass this examination, wells to him destiny is supreme. But if he tries again and again with greater determination and devotion to his studies, he will certainly pass next time. Fate has certainly endowed every man with some powers. His duty is to turn to use those powers. It is quite likely that in God’s good time he will come out successful. Indeed, fortune favours the brave, the active and diligent man.

So Rastra Guru Surendranath Banerjee used to say ‘knock and the door will open for you’, suffer that you can prosper. Destiny, fate, future, luck all such things are considered unachievable, untouchable, something supernatural, something miraculous. But logic dictates that they are not. So is logic wrong or the traditional concepts misleading! If we put some thought to it, it’s our own attitude which is to blame. As the saying goes “if you can’t change your fate, change your attitude”. In every possible frame of mind in which we may choose to think we will find it to be true.

Each man with his unique capabilities has the power to choose, that is the only thing that matters for achieving everything. Life is tough for those who think it is tough. We might not want to change our job to a better one solely for the fear of adjustments we would have to make. The ‘risk factor’ is also the ‘stopping factor’. So does it make human life stagnant? Does a scientist will stop working on a miracle drug from the fear that it may not lead to perfect results? People who don’t try don’t usually get anywhere. Man has the inherent tendency of being manipulated by his own mind.

So why not divert it into something useful. Manipulating one’s own self to stay positive and be determined, to be hopeful and dream, to be brave and choose. God has given us the ability to desire and to long not in vain. If we lose, it is not due to fate, it’s just that we overlooked something small and significant; we forgot to do some important chore; or we didn’t work hard enough. Even a building can’t stand perfectly if some bricks are not in the right place. All the intellectuals and successful people in the world are the same as us; it’s only what they choose to become that made them different.

Bill Cullen for example, is among the top 50 wealthiest and most successful persons of Ireland. He started from selling apples on a cart when he was a boy. But he had a positive attitude, the will power and sheer determination to create his own future. He now runs his own company and is the founder of the national youth foundation of Ireland. Another picture is that of Newton. An idea came to his mind and he decided to find the reason for the falling of apple. Although many people before him may have thought of the same thing about falling bodies but they didn’t put their idea into action. They chose not to!

That’s what makes the successful and happy people different because they chose to achieve their destiny. Man is superior because only he can create his own destiny. He is the architect of his own future unlike any other being, this being the greatest blessing for him. No one can think for you, no one can work for you, no one can dream for you and no one can turn those dreams into reality for you. Only you can feel for yourself and only you can do it! Destiny- a word with which we are all quite familiar; what does it actually mean / The dictionary suggests that it is an unavoidable fate or invincible necessity.

What makes it so important is the imperative role it plays in our lives. Man, who is said to be the most developed and well equipped creature is said to have become the shaper of his own providence. But he fails to understand that there are certain forces that are not subject to him. Some of us allow ourselves to believe that yes,”I am the maker of my destiny and that nothing can hinder my ways to success”. We often talk about our future ahead with great confidence but forget that we depend on circumstances. Calamities of nature have proved time and again that man cannot change certain things how much ever he tries.

Well, the 118 men in Russian submarine that sank IN 2001 would never have dreamt of such a watery death neither the pilgrims going to vaishnu devi would have thought of a landslide. In that case they would’t have been there. ‘Hard work is the key to success’- no doubt but there are certain other things that matter too. Here, I am not going against hard word but only partly for it. No one can undermine the role played by ‘hard work’ – one must work hard but it is not hard slogan alone that brings one success.

A poor farmer hopeful of a bountiful harvest is at the mercy of nature and so is the fisherman. Today, Bill gates is the richest man in the world and he achieved this position because he brought out his software at the opportune moment when America needed it most. Thus, there are outside forces like opportunities that help people to bring glory to themselves. Well, if a man is alone the architect of his own destiny then we would all be agnostics of athesists because then we would be refuting the part played by god in our lives.

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