Pride brings false independence and fails one to take shelter of Lord Krishna.
Unfortunately, on earth there is such a scarcity of gold that the goverments of the world try to keep it in reserve and issue paper currency. Because that currency is not backed up by gold, the paper they distribute as money is worthless, but nevertheless the people on earth are very proud of material advancement.
The human life is meant for attaining eternal and unlimited happiness by spiritual realization.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.13
One who acts to serve Krishna with his body, mind, intelligence and words is a liberated soul, even within this material world.