Don’t judge a book by its cover.

I started training for my new job this week. One of the things we were told to think about was how not to pre-judge someone. We were told to watch Susan Boyle’s first audition for Britain’s Got Talent.

Now I’ve never watched Britain’s Got Talent but I do remember the hype around this audition and the attention it generated for her.

Having watched the audition, I was amazed at just how obvious it was that everyone was judging her. The judges were rolling their eyes, obviously expecting to see Susan Boyle fall flat on her face. It was obvious the audience was against her as well. Everyone was. That was, until she opened her mouth.

What I love most about this audition is about halfway through the clip, Susan Boyle’s eyes meets with the judges and she smiles and, they smile back. It’s like they’ve connected together. It’s a great example of why you should never judge person before you know them.


The shocked expressions of the judges, the standing ovation from the audience and she was still shocked that she went through! It’s beautiful really. And like one of the judges said, the best thing about it was that everyone was against her and she proved them wrong.

I think as a society we find it easier to judge on first sight etc rather than spending time getting to know someone. One reason being that we all feel that our time is too valuable to spend talking to someone, so it’s easier to make assumptions and then carry on with our lives.

We’re also much more insular now then say fifty years ago. Fifty years ago there was a much stronger sense of community in towns and cities which we don’t really get any more. Β People don’t really make the effort with their neighbours and we tend to keep ourselves to ourselves as much as we can now.


So the moral of the story is, we find it easy to judge others but in reality that person could amaze you. It shows that you never really know what a person is capable off until you give them a chance.

I think it’s something we should all remember the next time we have a choice between making an effort or pre-judging someone.




6 thoughts on “Don’t judge a book by its cover.

  1. Very true! Although our judgements help us in protection – as in, if we see someone who looks dangerous we assume that we should stay away, although obviously not always the case, I guess I’m just pointing out that judgements can keep us from harm…
    However, the looks on the judges and everyone else’s faces in this case, goes beyond just pure judgements, it was kind of a form of discrimination, as in they expected nothing good from her… I definitely agree with your comment about towns losing their sense of community, and that’s honestly the most influential part of how our society is built,.. I guess it’s important for people to put into action, things to help society by giving people the chance to prove you wrong and amaze you πŸ™‚
    Very interesting blog post, I enjoyed it very much! πŸ™‚
    Maybe you could check out mine also?
    Beauty From Above | Auylah Frances

  2. Quality post, Clairabelle.

    Who are we to judge anyone anyway? It’s been said before, but we can’t KNOW what it is like to walk in another’s shoes, and therefore are ill-equipped.

    But why judge AT ALL?

    The same is true regarding books. When I first self-published mine I didn’t want anyone to judge the content purely based on the image, so I deliberately didn’t include one, and had just text on a plain background. The thing is, I then discovered that the LACK OF image was being judged, why people saying I hadn’t been interested or bothered enough to take the time, whereas in truth I had thought long and hard about it.

    Life is funny, but people are funnier.

    It isn’t easy, but I think it’s easier to not judge.

  3. i am sure we are conditioned to judge – and body appearances are number one.. You need the right image to impress.. That’s how the cookie crumbles for most of us… Was very odd seeing the opposite happen in the case of S.B.! She has done really well for herself.. Although I don’t personally find her singing my cuppa. πŸ™‚ Eve

  4. I really like this post and using Susan Boyle as an example. She is a perfect example of someone who is ‘flawed’ to the conventional eye and yet has an awe inspiring voice. We are currently suffering yet another Donald Trump verbal atrocity in which he attacked the family of a medal winning American Muslim veteran. He was killed in combat. Donald Trump attacked the soldier’s mother who happened to be wearing a head square. Give me strength…

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