Ever since primary schooling, we have been told not to judge a book by its cover. While the particular phrase might have come up in a book only, we have been taught its essence since long before. Remember that neighbour you always feared because you felt like he was an angry douchebag or something even though he would be one of the nicest peppy persons around?
That neighbour was your first lesson in regard to not being judgemental all the time. Your parents would tell you that it is indecent to do that and then tell you how fantastico a person he truly is at heart (I write he instead of he/she here because lets face it, the latter rarely happens 🙂 ).Maybe you took their advice then, maybe not. But deep down in our hearts, we have still ended up forming solid first impressions about things and going on with our gut. And that isn’t necessarily bad always.
Lets leave the people out of this, because that is something you don’t really have complete control over ( although you have some of that). Lets talk about things, a book, a movie, that clandestine piece of jewellery you saw just once and can’t get out of your mind, that car you saw on TV once and secretly desire, that blog you will never ever read because of its jotty font, those anniversary gifts you will never use because they just don’t go with the wibe, that piece of music you hardly heard and became a fan of or hated for that matter, that place you fear visiting because people have told you its rickety or that place which is your dream destination just because your relatives posted a cool display pic of it. We love to have a good first impression and as much as we may hate doing so, we love to judge the book by its cover.
Why is that you ask? Because we, as the world has become a smaller place, have been subjected to the best presentation of things and people alike. If in this competitive world, you cannot really come up with an attractive book cover then there is little chance you will be any creative inside. Right? Or if the particular jewellery is 22 or even 24 carat gold but it looks like it has been moulded by a caveman then there is no point in buying it. A car? Of course you love the mileage, the power, the performance and durability but if it looks like a shoddy Tempo, would you still buy it? The point of the matter is that appearances do impact our judgements in a manner more concrete than we would like to admit. But as long as we keep it a personal choice and limited to things that are more commodified than things that can have an emotional impact, we are doing just fine.
But again, when it comes to things where we should use our hearts instead of heads, the whole theory fails. Maybe that’s why they made the quote and meant exactly that by it. But then they had written ‘never’ and I had to write a blogpost about it 🙂