We currently live in a superficial world where appearance matters a lot. ‘What you see is what you get’, as the saying goes. However, it is easy to be entrapped just by the exterior of a person or object, without digging deeper. This is where the adage ‘never judge a book by its cover’ comes in. The literal meaning of the latter is that one cannot dismiss the quality of a book just by looking at the cover. It could be that a book with a blank cover and simple title using a generic font may be of more importance and influence than a fancy covered book.
This metaphor can be extended further than books of course, and is most commonly used in relation to real-life situations. Perhaps the best example has to do with people and their relationships with one another. If you see a beautiful man or woman, would you be more likely to pursue them as opposed to a more average-looking person? Unfortunately, this is most often the case. It could be that the better-looking person has no sense of humour, or opposes all your moral views, or is the rudest person. The prejudice of deciding on something based solely on what you see before you could cost someone their pursuit for happiness.
The truth is that it’s difficult to stop being superficial. Our sense of vision is strong and it is quite easy to fall into the trap of a magnificent object deemed ‘better’. Therefore, the best way to beat superficiality is by maintaining a certain amount of self-discipline and by pushing the judgement aside, instead opting to dig deeper. Who knows? The less beautiful object could have been your key to happiness. However, you can never know if you base your decisions on ‘what you see is what you get’. It is by looking at the less obvious features that you will find the outstanding features of the average person or object. When you do, you will find it with great confidence. And treasure it.