Thursday, April 16, 2009

Never Judge A Book

How many times have we heard the old saying "Never judge a book by its cover?" It's an old saying, but it's one that constantly rings true. We are all guilty of it. There is not a person alive who isn't guilty of it. Whether it be about a person, a place, etc., we make snap judgments without truly giving them a chance.

This week, every major news channel, radio station, and almost every newspaper carried the story of Susan Boyle who tried out for Britain's Got Talent. Even before she stepped out onstage, this 48 year-old, single woman, who had never been married or even kissed, as she admitted, began to receive snickers, dirty looks, rolling eyes, and giggles from the audience and her fellow competitors. Stepping onstage, the judges' reactions were obviously preconceived as well. They halfheartedly interviewed her and, as the cameras panned the audience before Boyle began to sing, the laughs and looks continued. Ah, but wait; the music started and what followed was completely unexpected and angelic. What an inspiration this woman is, and more importantly, what a message she has sent across the globe. Hooray for you, Susan Boyle, for teaching us all a very important message and one that won't soon be forgotten. We can all learn to be a little more tolerant, and a little less judgmental in the way we treat one another.

In the rare case you've not gotten a chance to witness this incredible performance viewed over 20 million times in the past 3 days, I've included a video clip below for you to watch again and again and again.

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Even though the final results have not been revealed for Britain's Got Talent, you've got our vote, Susan Boyle!

Until next time,

Paul

3 comments:

Mike Giusti said...

It brings tears to my eyes and gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.

Kevin said...

Hi Paul,

I have just read your blog and your comments re Susan Boyle and you remain high as a person in my mind, your words were well said and so true.Yes, a lot of us often do not treat our fellow man as an equal, we often prejudge them in our own mind as being somewhat inferior in some ways, without really getting to know them as a person

I again congratulate you on your comments and hope that as many people as possible read what you say

Kind regards

Kevin

Chris Kenworthey said...

Paul,

You were right! I watched that excerpt from "Britain's Got Talent" on your blog and it is inspiring, I mean INSPIRING! I heard people talking about it on the radio, but I never got to see it until you posted it. Man, am I glad you did! Thank you very,very much for airing it! It personifies the very best in the human spirit and absolutely sends a message loud and strong. From the courageous professionalism and determination she exemplified that night, I am convinced it is Ms. Boyle's world and we are lucky to be living in it!

Bravo, Paul!

Most Sincerely,

Chris Kenworthey