“The jeweller informs me that it is a high quality gem. That is why I decided to offer up to you. It would be a great honor if you would accept it.”
The official said, “You own an authentic gemstone. My lack of greed is also a gem. If I accept your gift then we’d both lose. Isn’t it better that you bring your gem back home, that way we both still have our treasures?”
The ancients knew how to live: people below are grateful to those of higher status, who in turn take care of them as if they are family. As consequence, the country was at peace and prosperous.
Furthermore, the gem in your heart is worth many times the gem on the outside.