One-Liner Wednesday — Assumptions

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“An assumption is something that you don’t even know you’re making.”

I heard someone say this, but I can’t remember who

A lot of people’s beliefs, whether religious, political, or even personal, are based upon assumptions. An assumption is a willingness to accept something as true without question or proof.

People make assumptions every day. I know that I do. I assume that when I go to sleep at night, I’ll wake up in the morning. I don’t know that for a fact, but I just believe it to be true. I assume that when I get into my car to drive someplace, I won’t get into an accident. I assume that when I buy a head of romaine lettuce at the grocery store, it won’t be infected with E. coli bacteria that will make me sick.

Am I consciously making these assumptions? Do I even know that I’m making them? Well, yes, if I think about them, I suppose I’m conscious of having made them, but it’s really not something I give a whole lot of thought to.

It’s sort of like the tinnitus (ringing in my ears) that I’ve had for years. It’s always there, but unless I think about it, I hardly notice it. I think it’s the same way with assumptions.

What about you? Do you know when you’re making assumptions?


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

12 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Assumptions

  1. Carol Anne July 10, 2019 / 6:38 am

    I suppose I do to a degree. Like you, its if I think about it. Otherwise I kinda just make them, without thinking through it.

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  2. JoAnna July 10, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Sometimes I’ll catch myself making an assumption, like assuming someone is going to be difficult or being sarcastic, when maybe they weren’t. Of course it’s easier to notice when someone else is making an assumption. 😉 When those kinds of assumptions threaten to make me crazy, I tell myself, “Focus on Facts.” If I remember.

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  3. Sadje July 10, 2019 / 7:54 am

    I probably am too trusting and assume a lot of things and accept them as fact! Interesting point.

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  4. Maggie July 10, 2019 / 8:12 am

    Of course we all make them, but I try not to. I noticed some odd glances my way this past weekend. I felt people were making assumptions about my blue and purple hair — a tribute to my two sisters I lost. But no one asked.

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  5. newepicauthor July 10, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Felix Unger from the Odd Couple said, “When you assume, you make an ‘ass’ out of you and ‘me’.

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    • jessie July 10, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      My high school Spanish teacher always said that and that’s what I always think about assumptions! Haha – no idea where it actually came from though.

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  6. Laurie July 10, 2019 / 9:27 am

    I assume that I do make a lot of assumptions. I never thought about it in this way before. Thanks for making me think!

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  7. Marleen July 10, 2019 / 9:33 am

    For too much of my life, I assumed most people were mostly good (and mostly somewhat smart) even though the religious environment I was raised in said they were all sinners — and I didn’t perceive myself as rejecting the religion. I don’t know what the ratio is, but I was wrong. Now, that doesn’t mean I’ve come to think most people are mostly bad. But one has to beware.

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  8. Paula Light July 10, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I try to catch myself. I’ve swung from trusting most people (to my detriment) to the opposite, and now I try for neutrality. “Assume nothing until some evidence comes in.”

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