Appearances Can Deceive
“Do not judge from mere appearance; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy,” so says Chapin in PowerBible Online. If there is any wisdom we should ask for, it is the wisdom not to judge people or anything from physical appearance. Ability to moderate ourselves from judging people from what we see with our eyes is the greatest virtue that can help us live well and accommodate others. The reason for this is the well known fact that appearances are deceptive.
In the opinion of Euripides, people that seem so glorious are all show; underneath, that are like everyone else. This opinion of Euripides shows that what we think of the appearance of people may not really be the right perspective. We can give wrong judgment because we can’t see everything. Most things that make the real man are hidden from the view of fellow men.
People who are ignorant of these facts end up condemning others wrongly. Something is ironic in this our world and it has to do with the fact that what you intend never comes out like you intended it. And because it is so, we should be mindful how we analyze what we see. It is obvious that human beings do not see things as they are rather we see things as we are. This is one problem we have when we begin to judge things especially in their appearance.
Jean De La Fontaine warns us saying “Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.” This warning by Jean De La Fontaine is very importance if we are to avoid presumption sins. There many people we judge and condemn people simply because of their appearance in terms of clothing, hairdo, makeup, etc, which is not acceptable to them. The condemnation usually is not because the things they saw many not be wrong in itself but because the person judging doesn’t like it. When we do that, we easily forget the fact that the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. That someone wears Cassock along the road does not actually mean he is a saint (clergy). It is an affordable garment that anyone can make for himself. Someone who appears with it should be scrutinised well before you conclude because many wear it when they are not priests.
In conclusion, we are should be very mindful and cautious of what we think or say about what we see in other people. Taming of our tongue and thoughts are necessary because the judgment we pass on others will be used against us. We should take time before we condemn people because those we think are evil may not be evil after all. We should take time to know people; their feelings, their emotions, their temperaments, their character and their understanding about life before we judge them. Unfortunately, it is very hard for an individual to learn all these about someone. Thus it is very hard a job. Therefore, refrain from passing judgment on people because of what you see.