Motivate This! – Entry #006

Or, conversely, do.
Or, conversely, do.

We all know what these words are trying to convey and it is indeed a noble sentiment. But perhaps instead of using a flimsy literary metaphor the writer of this blinkered motivational should simply have stated what they are actually trying to assert.

Don’t judge people based on their appearance.

Like I said, a noble sentiment. One that we should all try to infuse into our individual belief systems. Judging people is a shitty thing to do and judging a person strictly on their physical appearance not only robs you of the possibility of making new/unique connections, it also makes you a dick.

Having said that and contrary to popular belief, not judging a book by its cover is stupidity of the highest order.

There’s a lot of information on a book’s cover. It’s pure folly to ignore it.

The title gives you a vague idea as to the overall theme of the book. As does the cover illustration. The blurb gives you an overview of the story as a whole. And most authors usually stick to one or two specific genres.

That’s a lot of pertinent information right there.

If this turns out to be a story of an amputee gymnast overcoming obstacles in Victorian London I’m going to be very disappointed.
If this turns out to be a story of an amputee gymnast overcoming obstacles in Victorian London I’m going to be very disappointed.

I mean what the hell are you supposed to do? Read an entire book before making the decision on whether you like it or not? Ugh. How costly. And time consuming.
The Lord of the Rings has over 1,300 pages, something even the most eager reader would struggle to get through in a timely manner.

If you have read a book to its completion and have decided you didn’t like it, fantastic, good for you. You are certainly far more justified to make that assessment than those who have judged it purely by the cover alone.

But it’s also taken you a long time to reach that decision…

While you’ve been reading the book in its entirety those amongst us that judge based on covers alone have had far more time to expose ourselves to dozens of other covers. And maybe even found a few we’ve liked.

See what I’m saying?

There are BILLIONS of books out there and unless you plan on devoting your life to working your way through the entire Dewy Decimal system, judging a book based on its cover is actually a sound piece of advice and well worth working in to your personal belief system.

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