As the great bard once wrote, “All that glisters is not gold.” (Merchant of Venice II.vii.69.)
In modern times, the concept still holds true. People often flock to those who seem most successful and powerful, those who flaunt some symbol of greatness. However taking people at face value in this manner can lead to any number of problematic misconceptions.
“Symbols of success are often just a mask. The playing field is always more level than it seems.” (Jeff Haden, “8 Pieces of Professional Advice I Didn’t Want But Definitely Needed,” 04/16/2013)