I think an assumption is a powerful thing- Assuming something when you don’t have the upper hand in knowledge gives you instant power.
Knowing something is a whole different matter entirely! I am very wary of assumptions- when I looked it up in the dictionary, it told me:
“they made certain assumptions about the market”
2.the action of taking or beginning to take power or responsibility.“the assumption of an active role in regional settlements”An assumption, to me, is an expectation.You accept the assumption as the truth because of the basis or foundation that you learned or think that you know- the majority or the averages and the labels rather than the nitty-gritty (and rather important) details.Say, you make the assumption that the girl next to you is depressed because she dresses in all black. Do you have any solid proof?In my opinion, a hypothesis is more friendly- when I learned how to write a hypothesis, we had to implement the ‘if’, ‘then’, and ‘because’ formula. IF this happens, THEN this would happen, BECAUSE of this.For a hypothesis to be accurate? Well, it really depends on the situation and if the evidence that you present is valid.But an assumption- you merely accept that something is true without proof, which I consider quite horrid. Though, I have been guilty of making assumptions. I have fallen forward into the power-An assumption gives you the power of what you think that you know. Does that mean that it is the truth?No.What brought this whole rant on?Yesterday, it was a cold dreary morning at school- fog dripping about in rolling winds chilling you to the bone.My school is set in different “groups” that were brought into the code of friendships early on in the year.During break, one group sits outside in the quad and chats with their buddies. Another group, the active group, goes down to the field to play sports with their friends. This leaves the next group (my group!).The library is our homeland! This is where the stragglers and the bookworms, or the people who want to curl up in a chair and sleep, or the science enthusiasts- you get the idea. (I really do hate to label people).Now, let me explain something- our library is a contrast to many school libraries.It has high ceilings and reclining couches, board games and tables tucked in desolate corners, drawing supplies and, of course, books. The teenagers that occupy the library are a contrast of loud to as quiet as a mouse.The majority, however, are quite noisy.Now at this break, I was curled up with my book, reading and watching as people milled by. There was one particularly noisy group huddled in the back (as they always are). As the bell rang, and I straightened up and tucked the book back in place, people rushing about-“We’re going to be late, Lucy, come ON!”A teacher- not a usual teacher at our school, but one all the same- comes up and says, annoyed,“You are the only kid in this library actually doing what the library is meant for!”I agreed (to not upset her) and made a witty comment, before rushing out the door to the next class.A meaningless comment, conceived by the relief in the fact that the noisy kids were out of those doors, but an interesting one that got me thinking.I was not, however, the only person in that whole library doing what a library was doing. Of course, she could’ve been exaggerating, but I personally know many kids who were actually reading in that library.She had unknowingly made an assumption based on the majority of the kids.I’m not really mad at her for it, I just saw it as an oppurtunity to explain the logic of an assumption.
The point of my rant? Details matter– no matter how vibrant or bias your opinions, or how colorful your words, details matter. Details matter, of course, if you are trying to find the truth. Well. If you got through that, I am proud of you. I hope that you found it interesting. Thanks for reading! Feedback? -Dove Teenage Observer