The saying goes, never judge a book by its cover because you will get the judgment wrong most of the time. Despite this, we do it all the time, and quite honestly, get it wrong most of the time. But we also get it right just as well, depending on the circumstances.
Question is, are we wrong in letting external bias and conclusions form the base of our judgments?
Judging a book by its cover is a fun thing to do since it is EASY and gives us the opportunity to say a few NASTY things about people and everything around us. For the most part, our j
We pack the physical outline of the creature we see with all the ideas we already formed about him, and in the complete picture of him which we compose in our minds, these ideas have certainly the principal place.
It has contributed to a world where we choose to LOVE or HATE, RESPECT or DEMEAN, and KILL or PROTECT. We do this from the MANY viewpoints and we have about other people.
We were not born with the mentality, and neither were we forced to use it. We learn it from everyone around us and teach it to willing learners. And history repeats itself!
Where it all Started
The idiom, to judge a book by its cover was first used in the 1800s and became popular in the 20th Century. It was meant to chastise humanity for passing quick judgment on people they came across.
As such it was assumed to reference picky decisions of books based on their covers. The more appeasing a book cover was, the more likely it would sell. On the other hand, abad cover would send buyers away.
Even today, the good content inside the UGLY cover matters less unless we have been tipped about it in advance.
Covers Really Matter!
Fast forward to the 21st Century and the phrase is still with us. We are yet to get enough of it. Well, maybe it is due to the simplicity and the satisfaction we derive in its utterance.
1. A World for Designers
We literally spend lots of money and time to create things that look good. And that is where our judgment issues start. We pay designers lots of bucks to come up with the following:
- flash book covers
- cute faces
- sexy clothes
- flashy phones
- nice houses
- even cute dogs
The list is endless.
How possible then is it for us to desist from judging a book by its cover over what we know undergoes countless modifications? It is too bad if such an item or person is unfortunate not to get a makeover.
2. Not Practicing What We Preach
While parents challenge children from talking ill of others, they will take the
The statements listed below will escape their lips every so often,
It is too pinky
All these are said in the presence of kids who grow up knowing the real value of a good COVER!
3. Mine is Better Than Yours
Comparison is a BUZZ word everywhere. Even at home.
Phrases such as,
My dress is better than yours
My car is better than yours
My phone is better than yours
My house is better than yours
My girlfriend is better than yours
My boyfriend is better than yours
Really, if this is how we communicate and reference each other, nothing will stop us from judging anything or anyone.