Pain versus Instincts

An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water. He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature. When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water. The man realizing that the scorpion was drowning again, got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again.

A young boy standing by, approached the old man and said, “Excuse me Sir, you are going to hurt yourself trying to save the evil-vicious creature, why do you insist? Don’t you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?”

The man replied, “The nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. My nature will not change in helping the scorpion.”

So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved it’s life.

Do not change your nature. If someone hurts you, just take precautions. Some pursue happiness while others create it. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.”


The Impacts of Assumptions

I’ll just start right out by saying when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me. You know that saying right? It’s as old as dirt. Ass-u-me? Ahh, now you remember. So let’s run with that. Personally, I do not assume. Nor do I judge. I feel judgement and assumptions run hand in hand and cause just as much damage. That’s enough for an opinionated introduction. Let’s add some facts to this rolling snowball.

The word “assumption” is defined as: “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.” (Google Dictionary, 2018).  So basically when someone hears a story or sees someone dressed a certain way or I could list of 1000 different ways assumptions raises it’s ignorant head because they believe the story. They assume the story being told is fact and that whatever its about indeed happened.

Here’s where there is a problem. A person that makes assumptions all the time has an apparent disability determining fact from fiction. I’ve also noticed a certain type of person to assume more than normal people. These are drama starters. I’ve lived in mostly small towns all of my life. Drama increases assumptions by 100% I kid you not.

‘”Mary Jane was seen going over to George’s house. They must be having sex.”

That is a perfect example of an assumption just being made.  If used, it can be emotionally and socially damaging. Gossip is simply a chain of assumptions. It starts with one assumption, then the next person adds in their own assumption, and then the next and so on and so on. By the end of the day Mary Jane and George were devil worshipers and had sex on a pentacle.

Assumptions have zero truth and zero credibility. When friends of mine try to gossip with me, I always ask for a reliable and credible source. Hardly any of my friends try to gossip with me anymore.