In the book, Utopia, what people work their whole lives for in our society, is completely meaningless in the Utopian society. Extravagent houses, jewels, and money are just a few things that the Utopian's see as worthless. On page 100 the book states, "How can one be so taken with the luster of a jewel? How can one be rich if his cloth is made of a finer thread?" This emphasizes how little they think of material things, especially gold. In Utopia they hire soldiers from different countries to fight for them, because they value their own people so much, and they pay the soldiers in gold (145).