Generally we have so much confidence in our own observational skills that we tend to make assumptions about virtually everything. Our assumptions about what our senses are telling us regarding everything around us and assumptions about what our brains are telling us of our communications and analyses are made every second of every day. Most of the time we can operate well using these instinctive reactions to physical and mental stimuli. At other times these assumptions built around our reactions don’t work as well. When I took the picture above I had wondered and watched for some time whether that was an animal or not on its own little island and had to get quite a bit closer to decide which was true. Since I was there I could tell whether this was sunrise or sunset, with the sea or a lake in the background, but others will make their own assumptions and without meeting me it doesn’t matter if they’re right or wrong. Although the assumption is still there and may be wrong, being right or wrong doesn’t change anything essentially.
We also assume many things from written and spoken language styles, the order in which things are put, and what is emphasized. This is how we develop our own individual styles of telling truths from lies, facts from fiction. And it is all based on assumptions. This is not a bad thing at all; we wouldn’t be able to function without the ability to connect one thing to another and coming up with a vision of or solution to something vital to our existence. It’s not a dreadful thing to be wrong about what we assume, we would not be able to learn anything new if we were always right. The beauty of mistaken assumptions is the opportunity for growth. We must make assumptions and be correct the majority of the time, but must also make mistakes so we don’t remain static as human beings. But we make our own mistakes and learn, and must not malign others for mistakes you see them making or are about to make. Would you rather work on your own assumptions and mistakes or spend your time critiquing others?