The Fallacy

Assumption:  Other people see the world the way I do.

Corollary:  If they don’t, they should.

Oh, people may give lip service, and know that everyone has their own take on things.  But in their heart of hearts, most people assume other people see things the same way they do.  They certainly act as if that’s the case. 

But it ain’t necessarily so.  (And it gets us into lots of trouble to assume it is).  So take a moment.  Get your bearings and your take on things.  And then walk into the world with the expectation that you haven’t a clue where someone else is coming from, so you’ve got to pay close attention, keep an open mind, and really listen.  Just might learn something.

Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash.  All rights reserved.


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