Five Card Story: Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover. Or Should We>

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a Five Card Flickr story by Ryan Powell created Feb 07 2023, 11:20:11 pm. Create a new one!

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Intro (Pic 1):
Many people make assumptions about a person's personality based on what they see on the outside. It is often assumed that someone like a man with dark gothic clothing, dark makeup, tattoos, and body piercings would be cold-hearted, rough, rude to others, and difficult to approach.

(Pic 2):
When in reality, everything assumed about him is false. This man has a huge heart, kind and caring towards other people, and is willing to pull the weight of others who need it. He is a family man, he loves his children, and will laugh as he pulls them on a sled on a snowy day. He just likes to express himself through a dark style.

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People also often assume that some people you meet who wear average or formal and presentable clothing, have no body art or piercings, and maybe go to church every Sunday will likely be approachable and nice to others. In reality, these people are looking at someone with their arms folded and treating them so poorly. They are impatient and talking down to the person as if this person is of lower importance.

Counterargument (Pic 4):
However, due to human nature, sometimes our instincts about a person's appearance are correct and can serve to keep us out of harm. If you were alone in an alley and you saw a woman with clown makeup and blood all over her face walking toward you while not looking very friendly, it would be best to turn around and find another route to take.

Conclusion (Pic 5):
Overall, as was stated in African Journal American Speech of 1944, we cannot judge a book solely by its binding. Therefore, we cannot not assume the best or worst of a human being based on their outward appearance. Appearances are not always good indicators of a person’s personality, interests, and the way they will treat others. For example, Bernie Madoff, who swindled people out of millions of dollars, had an appearance of a well-respected and well-dressed business man who as very friendly and entertained his clients at country clubs. He appeared to be a reputable businessman. However, his outward appearance was not an indication of the corrupt thief that he was. Likewise, Jerry Sandusky, who turned out to be a pedophile, presented himself as a caring, friendly, responsible youth football coach with a clean-shaven outer look. Contrary to these two examples, when people look at Major League Baseball player Sean Doolittle, people would expect that he is a “macho man” based on his long shaggy beard and built figure. That expectation would be wrong knowing that Doolittle has been a strong advocate for the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community, invites refugees over to his house for dinner, and donates to charities helping disabled military service people. Like an open book, we should all have an open mind about everyone around us.

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