Binding Judgement

Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.

 

     Does it make sense to judge a book by its cover?  Literally speaking…A cover can sometimes give you an idea of what the book is about.  They’re even nice enough to give you a synopsis on the inner sleeve or back panel just in case you aren’t sure.  But even then…you’d be missing out.  How exciting do you find the synopsis “Man has trials.  Man overcomes said trials.”?  Was it a fulfilling read for the half second that you could read it?  There’s so much more in there.  This applies to people…the metaphorical books….they may appear a certain way…but you don’t know anything about them.  Unlike books, there is no handy synopsis to help you gauge whether or not it would be worth your time to engage them.  Like books, there’s a story to them.  Every one has one.  Each one different.

     I’m going to give a general answer to the question above asking “Have you judged a book by its cover?  Was it a good or a bad thing?”  There are a lot of different covers.  Some are fascinating, exotic, different.  Some seem plain and ordinary.  Some even repulsive.  You just can’t get past that to open it up and see what’s going on on the inside.  Even when you get inside and start learning their story, you’re just not sure.  It’s so much different than what the cover showed you.  This person looks so happy, right?  Why are they sad?  What are they going through?  What have they been through?  What is their story?  Are they willing to share their story with you?  Are you willing to listen?  

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