1 September 2011

Judging A Book By Its Cover

(As you may see, this post is still very messy, as in it lacks proper structure. This is mainly because as I was writing it, I had a hard time connecting ideas together; and this is indeed a very complicated topic. I'm going to be editing this post soon so please do check back soon!)

As I have grown up, I've heard that phrase over and over again. At first I believed it; but by "at first" I mean when I first heard the phrase in Grade 2 or 3 I think. But lately, I've come to realize that this is not entirely true, and now, I'm going to tell you why...

Let's take this phrase literally. Suppose I'm at the bookstore. These days, at least in Indonesia, bookstores tend to leave one copy of each book unsealed so that you can take a look at the content before you buy one. But in life, some things just don't have that one unsealed copy. In other words, sometimes, you only have to cover to judge the inside which is where it all gets tricky.

I like to think of it this way. In the old days, it doesn't matter if you are not physically attractive for as long as your voice is good, you can be a famous singer. These days, I bet half the people who are a fan of Justin Bieber or whoever are fans mainly because they find him cute (is he?) or because he's dating Selena Gomez (I think?) or whatever other reason. Well, if Justin Bieber had a horrible voice, he would not be as successful and famous as he is today, but still, his "cover" is his main selling point, kind of like the way Lady Gaga lives by her image of being what? Bad?

When I meet a person for the first time, I automatically want to evaluate the person. Imagine when in a huge convention of people. Of course, you want to get to know some people but there is no way you will get to know everyone. So therefore, you are put in a situation where you have to choose who you want to socialize with and most likely, you would want to meet people who you will benefit from. I don't want to waste time on a person who will not gain me anything useful. So what do I have to make my choice? Anything on the outside. I can't interview everyone then make my choice. So have to depend on things like body language or the way someone presents themselves.

There are other popular phrases like "Looks can be deceiving" or whatever that tell us that what we see on the outside may not reflect whatever is hidden within. There is a lot of truth in that. However, I feel that cover is a huge factor of consideration. A person who is good would try their best to create an appearance that reflects their inside. No point having a good product if the packaging in itself scares people off.

If the cover isn't good, it means it's not worth checking out, even though the inside is good, especially in the world we live in today, where the demands for everything are much higher and we are always after perfection and a "full-package". And think about it, if plastic surgery is placed outside my scope of consideration, if a person is genetically blessed or not, you can't change too much. However, if a person is intelligent or has good character, with will and determination, that can be changed.

I think this is a talking point which can go in all sorts of directions. So please do leave your comments on how you feel about this topic.

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