Gold Ideals and Management

Given its ancient history as money and jewelry, its religious connotations, the fact that it is both beautiful and laborious to dig out of the ground, process and store, gold is an asset that promotes strong and often emotional views and so it is the perfect central figure for this thought exercise.
I want to be careful in criticizing fellow market participants because as a lowly human myself, I am subject to the same pitfalls as anyone else. But being an advocate of the sound reasons for owning gold, even through a violent bear market, I have learned a lot over the last few years about how many market participants think. That includes myself, which I will address first.