Why We Assume?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Assumption” by “THe Daily

You Will have to look pretty hard to find someone you have not had a negative experience from making an assumption about something or someone. Most of “us” know the saying “if you #assume, you make an ass out of you and me.” Yet, if that is the case #why do #we still tend to assume so many things in our daily lives?

Because we tend to in cases where we do not have all the information, to go with what “makes sense” (common sense) to us with what we do have. We, when we make assumptions,  we do so when we are being lazy and don’t feel like looking deeper and getting confirmation on what we are assuming.

That’s basically all that assuming is, a “shortcut” or cheap way of coming to a “conclusion” usually on short notice. And that is why we still tend to make them despite knowing the consequences of doing so in most cases.

So what are your thoughts and view points on the subject? Please do share.

5 thoughts on “Why We Assume?

      • I think people have an inherit need for the whole puzzle and just fill in the gaps with their assumptions because sometimes that seems easier. People seem to be judgemental in their own ways, and if someone is any bit different than them (such as religious preferences, for example) they just automatically assume stereotypes rather than getting to truly know each other. Those stereotypes put up quite a wall, barring them to have any desire to look any further out of their comfort zone.

        • Very good food for thought here, I would also add that stereotypes don’t just put up a wall but are them selves an easy escape. It is not just that people can be judgmental and closed mined (they are that and more), it is as I said in my post in making assumptions being just plain lazy. There is real effort at understanding.

          • I guess I’m not effortless then, since I like to get to know people and their stories (but maybe that’s just the writer in me) LOL! Thanks for making me think!

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