You Really Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
I know I've been guilty of it before, and I'm sure you have, too. I've roamed the aisles of my library looking for a book and often the selection was made because of how the cover looked or what the title of the book was. Has this selection process been successful? Sure, sometimes. There were times I found a good read and I was entertained. Other times, not so much.
As we discussed in #ec1dot02, this is not only true of books, it's also true of people. Think about it: Just like books are placed into categories in a library: fiction, non-fiction, young-adult, etc, we often place people into categories: vegan, popular, smart, Christian. Based off of these categories, we tend to make assumptions. Then you add in the "dust jacket" of the book or the "outward appearance" of the person and more assumptions are made.
So now, I ask the same question: Has this process been successful with regards to people? Sure, sometimes. Sometimes our assumptions are right on the money. Other times, and I would dare say more often than not, we misjudge a person. Either way, making an assumption is only reading a fraction of the person's story. There is so much more beneath the cover.
What can be done to slow this trend of rushing to judgement? Share your solutions in the comments section below.
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