Sunday, July 29, 2018

It's OK to assume that this is the title

Have you ever been told or encouraged not to assume, that assuming makes an ass out of you and me (ass u me)? It's as if assuming should be a crime and punishable by death. If you're like me, you have and perhaps many times.

I believe I understand the intention or intentions behind such a statement but i feel as though the statement is inaccurate and misleading and therefore requires an even greater level of assumption. It seems as though, "you shouldn't jump to conclusions," or, "keep an open mind," would be better off said and that the problem may not be with assuming but concluding?

Assuming is a must. For example, if you and I were to have a conversation, one of many assumptions would be that you understand most or some of what I'm saying and vice versa. Imagine how indefinite a conversation would become if we did not assume. Assuming also keeps us alive. For example, if you or I were to encounter a lion, it would be extremely beneficial to our health if we were to assume the danger.

So perhaps telling or encouraging someone not to assume should be, in fact, the/a crime.