Is it Correct to Judge a Book by Its Cover?


Everyone has heard of the proverb "never judge a book by its cover", but how many of us actually understand the true meaning behind it, and how many of us actually practice it? No matter how advanced our society has become, the ugly side still shows with our attitude and behavior.

I'm sure everyone has experienced the situation depicted by this proverb one way or the other. To further illustrate the meaning behind this proverb, I'll be sharing a story which had happened to a friend of a friend of mine.

With the recent economy crisis hitting countries all around the world, university graduates stepping into the working world had a tough time looking for a job. Shane, a very bright graduate, found himself in the middle of this struggle for job. Thus, he made the decision to further his studies, even with much opinion against this choice of path. While waiting for his admission into the university, Shane took up a part-time job as a cashier at a mini mart owned by one of his relatives.

On three separate occasions within this one working-month, a similar conversation took place. Patron asked, "Why are you wasting your youth working in this mini mart? Are you still studying?" Shane who had just graduated, and is still waiting for his admission, replied "No."

These patrons shook their heads, gave him a very demeaning stare and said, "What a waste! You should contribute to the society instead of wasting your time here." What classic examples of shallow people in our society.

Well, Shane is now doing his PhD and probably has a bright future ahead. We'll know soon enough.

As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.



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