Why It Is Cool to Judge A Book By Its Cover

We literally spend lots of money and time to create things that look good. And that is where our judgment issues start. 3 min


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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.

It is a fun thing since it is EASY and gives us the opportunity to say a few NASTY things about people and everything around. Our judgment is usually based on looks and appearance.

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 it, neither were we forced to use it. We learn it from everyone around us and teach it to willing learners.

Where It All Started

baby nest cover
A child is born devoid of the cover syndrome 

The idiom 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 because of its simplicity and the satisfaction we derive from using it.

Covers will always matter
Covers will always matter

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
  • punky shoes
  • nice houses
  • even cute dogs

The list is endless.

shoes have to be unique

The shoes have to be unique to make a point

How possible is it then for us to desist from judging 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

we hardly practice what we preach
We hardly practice what we preach

While parents challenge children from talking ill of others, they will take liberty to scorn the new outfit their neighbor shopped for their daughter.

The statements listed below will escape their lips every so often,

It is too pinky

Took long

Old school

Poor girl!

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

we actually hate
 We actually do

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.


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