Sometimes You Can Tell A Book By It’s Cover
We just finished watching the movie “Powder” for the third time. It is a very good movie. At the end I asked Mrs. C,
“Who wrote this, it seems sort of Stephen Kingish?”
I Googled it and up popped a picture of the writer. (see above)
“That can’t be the writer, he looks creepy in a child molester way.”
Turns out it was the writer and further research finds he was accused of molesting a 12-year-old in a previous movie production.
Now I admit that every creepy looking person is not a creep. Every dangerous looking person is not a threat. Every pleasant looking person is not nice and every trustworthy looking person is not trustworthy.
More often than not we can tell a book by it’s cover.
Somewhere along life’s road we all meet people and recognize non-verbal indicators of character. Dress, demeanor, facial expressions, body language, voice intonations, even odor, all things we subliminally learn that are indications of character.
Sometimes the cover is wrong.
Often people learn to adapt to characteristics which will fool us. The “nice” person is not always nice. The “trustworthy” person is not always trustworthy. Sometimes the “intelligent” person is dumb as a stump and sometimes the dope is smart as a whip.
More often than not, though, it seems to me you can tell a book by it’s cover, and sometimes you should think twice before pulling it off the shelf.
I have also learned that women, perhaps because they are often more vulnerable, are especially adept at reading the cover. When Mrs. Cranky feels an instinct kick in, I listen.
Years ago, I visited a doctor for a kidney stone issue.
“Gee he seems like a nice guy.”
“I think he is creepy.”
“Really? I didn’t see it.”
“That’s because you’re a guy.”
On the second visit, I did pick up a creepy vibe and the third visit was to a different doctor in the same office. When we requested the change, the receptionist gave Mrs. C a glance that I did not notice.
“See, I told you he was creepy.”
“Didn’t you see the receptionist's look? You're not the first patient to ask for a different doctor.”
“I didn’t see it.”
“Of course, you didn’t.”