‘The goldsmith’s role was to tell the truth about disguised substances, as well as to smelt gold from raw ore.’*
Richard Sennett writes about how the wandering mediaeval goldsmith turned his back on the hierarchy of the guilds, in order to search out new opportunities, through skill and character.
Here is a working metaphor for those who long to pursue their own creativity by enabling others to mine and purify their own goodness towards a noble purpose.
Ed Catmull tells of how Steve Jobs was this kind of goldsmith to him:
‘He had made me more focused, more resilient, smarter, better.’**
We all need such people.
Some set themselves aside for such a purpose. Believing that everyone is worth their weight in gold, they make opportunities available, seeing gold where others only see dirt.