Don’t Judge People — Get To Know Them Instead

by Emily Goins

Everyone has heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but does anyone really know what it means?

This generation is so quick to put a label on people. We’re so quick to judge without getting to know what’s underneath. They judge people off of their appearance or their mannerisms. “Everyone does it subconsciously without even knowing it,” said Jessica Eveler.

“You shouldn’t judge people by how they look because they can be completely different than what you think,” said Alex Zablah, senior.

Everyone gets type cast. Like calling someone a “jock” because they play a sport or calling someone a “nerd’ because they are smart and take learning seriously or by the crowd of people they hang out with. It occurs throughout your whole life. Everyone does it, maybe not intentionally but they do.

One of the most recent type casting incidents I have seen is Carrie Underwood portraying the role of Maria in The Sound of Music Live. People said that she couldn’t do it because she sings country. Just because she sings country doesn’t mean that she can’t do other things. Yes everyone has their own opinion but people shouldn’t be so quick to jump to a conclusion.

“It’s just stupid. You don’t know how they feel or what they are going through…it’s just ridiculous,” said Sabrina Pelletier, senior.

This generation doesn’t take the time to get to know people. If someone is going through a rough time they should be able to open up to people and be able to get things off their chest, but they can’t because people think “lesser” of them.

“Everyone is different in their own way,” said Eveler.

People shouldn’t have to hide who they are because they’re afraid of what people will think of them. I think if people tried to get to know one another, it would have a positive effect on our society. It would definitely have an impact on people being bullied. They would feel like they have someone to lean on when they’re hurting.

So before you make a judgment about someone, stop and take the time to get to know them. You never know what kind of effect it could have on them.