Blog post #241 – Don’t judge a book by its cover

Blog post #241 – Don’t judge a book by its cover

Back to adages.  This is a good one – Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Let’s take it to books first (since it refers to books).  Maybe the publisher has a great artist that makes outstanding book covers – but the inside material is boring and not very valuable (maybe like my first book – except the cover was as boring as the book!!!)

And … likewise, maybe the author is a great writing, the material is superb, but he and/or the publisher couldn’t get an artist to design an appropriate cover, so the cover is just the title of the book in Yellow letters on a blue background – so, the cover is pretty  boring, but the material is great.

Now to people.  Some people are just not all that stunning in appearance.  If he didn’t have a black hat and appropriate clothes, I think country singer Garth Brooks would not get through an audition.  But, he has a great voice.  Another one (from the past) is Jim Nabers – who was Gomer Pyle on both the Andy Griffith show and his own show as a Marine recruit.  His downhome accent disappeared when he opened his mouth and sang.  

The movie with Will Smith as a down-and-out man who wants to be a stockbroker (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) has him interviewing for an internship – dressed in jeans and not appropriate for the position.  Somehow he convinces the  manager to hire him – and (of course) all eventually works out – with hard work.  

As humans, we tend to view people in good clothes higher than those in rags (although jeans with holes seem to be popular with teenage / college women).  We show favoritism because of the clothes.

I do occasionally do a Biblical reference and I will use James 2: 4-7:
For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”

The outward appearance is nice, but the real person is inside.  I remember a student who had been in an accident whose face was distorted, even after some plastic surgery.  His mouth was off center on this face.  By his appearances he was not going to be a good information systems person.  BUT his brain was very strong and after graduation had a successful career.  

So, don’t judge a book by its cover – or don’t judge a person by outward appearances.  Get to know them (and with the adage a couple of days ago), walk a mile in their shoes, and you may (probably) find a diamond in the rough!!


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