alone 3y word and the free, self#motivated action according to3y word. m!erors and $ings may well decorate themselves with theold 6ewelry, but if they want to be wise and !owerful, they mustnonetheless !lace no value on them, but instead only on 3yword> Those who do not do that will soon be surrounded bymany enemies>[8/] ut whoever lays already value on 6ewels and on gold,should lay it on the !articular characteristics founded in their nature, which are a true reality, but never on the imagined valuewhich is a lie> If a !rince let his home be tiled with shiny and well!olishedgold through and through in order to enter into a !ro!hetically state of vision through the influence of the !urer natural s!irits, who constantly gather in greater numbers on thegold, which comes from the light, and namely on its brightshining surface, in which he could foresee some things in hisdifficult business of leading the !eo!le, which otherwise no s!yno matter how clever could find out, then he would act well+ for the !ure gold has certainly such an effect *uite decidedly, andthe value of this metal lies also one and alone in this. ut certainly such a set#u! would then have to beestablished on a !ure and insightful recognition, but never on !ure hearsay, that is, fully su!erstitious+ for man has receivedunderstanding from od so that he might chec$ everything before and recogniDe well the true reason, and only then $ee!the good and useful in an always best intention for theindividual as well as in general. <hoever does that, actscorrectly in 3y order and will not stray on the !ath of any of hisdeeds down any side#trac$s.[8?] ut if someone, sim!ly through hearsay and blind faith,which is actually su!erstition, ma$es such a set#u! and would8even feel some effects of the same, but does not $nowwherefrom they are, which effect they have in a natural way,how far this e"tends and where it has its necessary limits, such a !erson, who may !ossess very easily the sensitivity for suchsubtle influences than$s to his first basic education in life, willeasily see his foolish, material fantasies and imagination of allsorts and ty!es as effects of naturally s!iritual im!ressions andthereby rise to a terribly false !ro!het and cause much damage, !articularly if he has the reins of force in his hands as a !owerful !rince+ and then even a thousand of the most dubiousside#trac$s are !ossible.7
HE DANGERS OF GOLD
 'The Lord): “Eou now $now the true value of gold and 6ewels+ if you use them in the way and manner that I have nowshown you, you will stand com!letely in 3y order li$e a !atriarch of the old days> The !atriarchs of the old days $new gold also and used itgenuinely and 6ustly+ but those who began to use it according tothe imagined value came very *uic$ly into a great misfortune.2or the imagined value of the gold, the !earls and the 6ewelscaused thieves and highwaymen to emerge and one $ing becamethe enemy of another, as soon as he had learned that hisneighbor had stored u! too much of the yellow metal.