Judging a Book

We all say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and “How you look doesn’t define you.” I’m here to say that’s an extensive amount of horse shit. Wait, hold your horses and listen to what I have to say.

I was recently flying to Mumbai and I groaned the second I saw who I was sitting next to. It was a really big, fat, dark man with a huge beard and I all I could think of was “Shit, there goes my armrest”. I sat down wearily and completely defeated with the hopes of catching a glimpse of sleep. Then, the weirdest thing happened.

A woman walked up to us and since she had the window seat, we both had to get up to let her scoot. He then kindly suggested it might be easier if he sat at the aisle seat, so both of us would be comfortable. He then went on to talk to the both of us about what we do and why we were going to Mumbai.

He talked about his family and his daughter, the fact that he works in Kuwait, away from his family, and how he keeps them as close as he can. Throughout the conversation, all I could think was, “This is a nice man. Why did I judge him because he didn’t meet my standard of conventional beauty?”

And then it hit me. We all say that we do not judge people by the way they look but at the end of the day, Ugly Truth got it right. No one is going to fall in love with your personality at first sight, which is really off-putting. There are people out there with beautiful souls but we tend to dismiss them at the first glance because they aren’t what we call hot, beautiful or gorgeous.

I’m no angel for I have also committed the same crime, but I feel dirty and shallow now. I thought about it, and grilled myself for what I had done. A few words out of that mans mouth and I felt horrible for thinking he was a shady man with no life of his own. Of course he was married and had kids, but did I stop to think before questioning the sanctity of my armrest? No.

I’m trying to change that part of me, the part that passes even a slight amount of judgement based on how a person looks but I can’t do it alone. People can’t help the way they look, but they can help how they behave so I’m going to change how I behave. What about you? Are you still going to judge the book by its cover or are you going to flip a few pages first and then decide?

One thought on “Judging a Book

  1. nimishamisra May 7, 2015 / 7:18 am

    I feel like conventional standards of beauty started out as evolutionary necessities and mutated to this. People’s lives are infinitely different solely because of their physical attributes.

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