Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Gem of a Book and Its Average Cover

If you haven't heard of Susan Boyle or seen her performance you've got to check this out:

Her story is at once both a representation of triumph over preconception, and disturbing evidence of the lack of depth currently existing in humanity. No one who saw Susan Boyle was expecting what came out of her mouth, no one. We took our opinions about her external self and extended them to a judgment and dismissal of her as a human being.

Now why did this woman become a worldwide sensation, over 50 million views on Youtube, virtually overnight? Because she conquered the obsession with packaging. People like Susan Boyle give us hope in the idea that good is good, no matter what form it's in. She gives us hope that being good is good enough, that beauty and charisma are not necessary to succeed when every day we are presented with evidence to the contrary. She reminds us that we need to be willing to see positivity and goodness wherever it is, without some preconceived notions of what it should look like. Susan Boyle was and is a symbol of something we all want to believe in...that covers really don't have anything to do with the quality of the books, you never know what ugliness an attractive cover is hiding or what beauty an unappealing cover is protecting.