Long time ago, in Egypt lived a famous mystical person name Zun-Nun. A young man came to visit him and asked “Teacher, I do not understand why people like you dress in such a way and very simple, isn’t in this era was necessary to dress neatly, not only for performance but also for other reasons?” The mystical one only smiled and took his ring from one of his fingers, and said “Young friend, I will answer your question, but first do one thing for me, take this ring and go to the market across this street, can you sell this for one chip of gold?”
Having looked at Zun-Nun’s dirty ring, the young man became doubtful. “One chip of gold, I am not sure this ring could be sold at that price.”
“Try first, young man, who knows you did it.” The Young man went to the market quickly. He offered the ring to the textile, vegetable, meat, fish traders, and the others. The fact was that nobody was willing to pay for a chip of Gold.
He went back to Zun-Nun residence and reported “Teacher, nobody is brave to offer more than one chip of silver.”
With a wise smile Zun-Nun said, “Now go to the Gold Shop at the back of this street. Show this to the owner or to the gold trader. Don’t give your price just listen how much he will pay for this ring.”
The Young man went to the shop mentioned and returned with a different expression from his face. He then reported “Teacher, the traders in the market really do not know the value of this ring, the gold trader offers this ring for one thousand of gold, And the value of this ring is one thousand times from what the traders in the market offer!”
Zun-Nun just smiled subtly and spoke softly, “That is the answer of your question my friend.” Someone cannot be valued only from his dress “The traders in the market” give value like that. But not for “The gold trader”.
Moral of the story: all criticisms, snide remarks which we get sometimes, are from the traders, they do not recognize the gold and put value to it. So do not lose heart and search for the goldsmiths which will recognize your value.
Similarly do not get fooled by the outer appearances, a brass may look like gold but is not gold.
Dig deep before forming an opinion or judging others.