The more discrete person could choose a ring, while the more gregarious and adventuresome chose a medallion or broach. You flirted with pride and conceit if you donned a broach and its color reported to all, your attitude. All most immediately the countenance of the ring dimmed in relationship to your flirtations with pride and self importance but the glow could be restored if your thoughts and actions warranted it. Very few people could accomplish that but in certain situations it became almost necessary because of the importance of the event. If people were going to trust you then you need to be concerned more about them and not yourself. You needed to be willing to make sacrifices on their behalf and be as selfless as possible for the mood ring to show shades of green.
Your physiological state of being is independent of your consciousness. Fear, stress, worry, anger, calm, happiness, even euphoria can be determined in spite of you outward appearance or uttered words. That is what the mood ring did. It reported you state of being. It was to be used by the individual to calibrate their feelings so that one might be able to more fully control their emotions and compunctions.
If you knew that other people knew that you were lying or trying to deceive them then there would be less incentive to try and be deceitful and more incentive to be honest and truthful. Even compulsive liars could be dealt with because everyone knew they were lying.
This was important especially so when your character was to become a part of other people’s lives and that happened when you were a part of a gated community or participated in prescribed activity. The unique values of the community you were visiting or a resident of would be factored into the algorithmic calculations of your value in relationship to the community’s values. You might be a fine upstanding citizen in a liberal community but of questionable moral value in the conservative community. Depending upon you calculated value in respect to the community you may not even be able to get in to some places.
It was not mandatory or really even necessary for me to wear the ring because my current state of being was being broadcast to all who were in proximity to my RFID. If we had business with one another you could easily know how honest I was being with you because the deal could either be made or it couldn’t.
However, it wasn’t generally for someone else that you wore the ring it was for yourself. We can all fool, lie to, cheat, and deceive ourselves. It is just part of our nature. We seem to be natural arbiters explaining away a little white lie or justifying our failing because we think we made up for it somewhere else. The best of intentions are always the pathway to hell or in a faithless society a pathway to personal destruction. What many of us need is a reminder or a indicator that we can glance at and get some feedback on my current state of being. It is glowing or dim is it red, blue or green? In my transition from temporal to spiritual am I in balance or out, are things going well or deteriorating? Can I be trusted or not?