It’s What’s On The Outside That Counts.
No, this is not a typo, misprint, or any other type of egregious error on my part. I think that the old cliche about the inside being important is absolutely, utterly, irrefutably false. Why? I’m glad you asked.
The notion that the inside matters more than the outside is more of a utopian idea than one fit for our imperfect world. Maybe in a perfect society, where socialism is good and government is nowhere to be found, this idea might be passable, because the outside would be but a mirror image of a person’s inside. But it simply doesn’t hold true for the real world. In the real world, everyone has secrets. Everyone has secret loves that are, frankly, embarrassing to be shared. But the real reason that it’s what’s on the outside that counts is because everyone has the ability to put on a persona of someone they are not.
I know very well that some people are exactly who they say they are. And I wish that were the case for everyone. But since it’s not, we all have to be very careful in acting like who we want to be. You never know who’s watching. You could be a very strong Christian, but if people see you at that party, they’re gonna get the wrong idea whether you were high or not. It’s all about perspective. You have to be who you want to be from the outside in. Everyone has people who look up to them as a role model. Maybe it’s a son, or a little brother, or just some random kid who thinks you’re cool. Whoever it is, I can promise you, they don’t see what’s on the inside. So if you wanna start setting an example, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.