The analls of time provide an individual with the only true insurance against insurrection. Neither political stability nor wealth, though they both may be contemporaneously present, provides the other a guarantee of preservation. Wisdom, whose upkeep is free, works to preserve both.
“Commerce has set the mark of selfishness,
The signet of its all-enslaving power
Upon a shining ore, and called it gold;
Before whose image bow the vulgar great,
The vainly rich, the miserable proud,
The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings,
And with blind feelings reverence the power
That grinds them to the dust of misery.
But in the temple of their hireling hearts
Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn
All earthly things but virtue.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab. Pt. V.