the text below is founded in the anology:
our chosen style of dress is to the cover of a book,
as our personalities are to the contents of the book.
they say never judge a book by its cover, but is that not what covers are for?
to help us quickly discern the differences between books without having to read them first?
that said, shouldn’t an effective cover tell you enough about the book to let you know whether or not you want to read it?
is it not true no matter what information is on the cover, that information gives you some detail about the contents of the book? unless it is intentionally deceptive. then, if the deception is intentional does not that context continue to serves its intended purpose?
there are often images or illustrations printed on the covers of novels depicting scenes from the text. the title is often printed in a stylistic typeface that produces some context or tone for the content.
does not the title, when standing alone, not adjacent to an image nor printed in any stylistic typeface, still imbue us with a small amount of information? ironically, the titles of books are far more frequently misleading than the covers.
it stands to reason that the only cover that you should not use to judge a book by is a blank one. a blank cover forces you to open the book to find any information. of course a blank cover neither inspires nor deters interest as a disposition so a blank cover belongs on a book that the author does not wish to be read, ie. a very personal diary, or rather relies on the inquisitive nature of whomever’s hands the book falls into.
every book is about something. since every cover is intended to tell you something about the book it must either be telling you some accurate information about the book or misinforming you about the contents in order to deceive you. in either case the cover of a book is most logical place to start when judging it.
that said if the content of a man’s character is to that of the content of a book and the cover of the book is to that of our style of dress it stands to reason that we should put equal fiber of energy into our external presentation as we do internal. only then are we truly representing ourselves in an authentic light.
-maceo zearik keeling 3rd-
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