It seems precious, beautiful, desirable. But, what is it good for? Does it enhance our lives? What intrinsic value does it posses? It’s rare but relatively useless for serious work. It’s an adornment, a sparkly bauble.
To a social animal, acceptance is a little more important in the long run. A strong person doesn’t need acceptance of others, but if they want to continue, to pass on their DNA to the next generation, there needs to be a little acceptance. It can be lonely living on the outside, striving only for yourself. Many hands make light work, comfort, security.
Yeah, maybe acceptance is like gold, a useless, soft, pretty thing. But, people still want it and value it for more than it’s utility. It adds value to our lives.