In English class, we have to pick a book to read, and then do a project with it. I usually choose some sort of historical fiction or a fantasy novel. Those are things that I’m interested in. In the same way, we surround ourselves with people who interest us and who share common interests. Again, people are a lot like books.
With all of that said, you can’t judge a book by its cover. But again, we all do. I feel very strongly about judging people. Frankly, we don’t know their story. We don’t know why they’re the way they are. We only know they are. And that’s not enough to make a good opinion from. I mean, if you had gone through the same things they went through, wouldn’t you act like them? Wouldn’t you say the things they say?
This doesn’t mean you have to like them, it only means that you can’t judge them. It means you have to respect them for who they are. Walk in their shoes for a little bit. It’s old, but good, advice. How would you like it if they judged you?
Miriam A. Thurber is a sophomore at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.