Assumptions: the danger of basing life on them…
I’m not sure if you ever thought about it, but we operate every single day on assumptions. We assume we will arrive safely to our destination when we get in our car to take a drive. We assume oncoming traffic is going to remain in their lane. We assume we are going to wake up in the morning after a good night’s sleep. We assume our job site is going to be operational tomorrow. Assumption is a necessary part of life, but it can also cause us to get too casual in our decision making.
For instance, it could be a dangerous assumption to believe one will not die any time soon. This assumption could lead one to make the poor decision of riding a bike on the roads during rush hour traffic. Or walking on the road at night in dark clothing with one’s back to the traffic flow. Assumption could also lead someone to casually operate around dangerous machinery without the proper safety equipment in place.
As I drive around Charlotte each day I see people dangerously operating on the assumption that no matter what their life will be safe. People pull out in traffic leaving themselves mere inches of clearance, when if they waited another 15 seconds all the traffic would be clear. I see women applying makeup in the mirror driving at 70 miles per hour. I’ve seen people eating, talking on the phone while driving with their knee. People are so casual about driving that they have forgotten how dangerous driving can be; in the wrong hands a car becomes a weapon.
Each day I try to be aware of my actions and ask myself if what I’m about to do is the smartest, safest course of action. Life can be dangerous enough as it is, why do things to unnecessarily increase the element of danger?