Education, Humor, Technology

Assumptions

(c) 2012 Earl L. Haehl Permission is given to use this article in whole as long as credit is given. Book rights are reserved.

Assumptions will ultimately lead to disappointments. This is one of the reasons I do not accept any politician as the answer. The fact that a person says he or she is going to do something does not mean it will get done. Sincerity is the essential tool of the con-man.

When someone is elected there will be disappointment, especially on the part of ardent supporters. Yet they tend to use the denial mode provided by cognitive dissonance. What candidate X ran into was the delaying and blocking tactics of the reactionary opposition. What supporters then do is double down and eventually begin looking for another champion—and go through the same set of assumptions–like my friend who was anxious to get married for the fourth time because “this is the right one.”  Ah, the triumph of hope over reality.

In ordinary life, the same thing happens. Because I have had the good luck to get the computers and printers going at some point in the late Pleistocene, certain people have made an assumption that I know what I am doing. I have been able to get the printer to work using the options that are right there. One of these days, however, my luck is going to run out.

It is somewhat like the lawyer “Uncle Paul” Wilson talked about who seemed to be the master of every task until the day he got in his balloon and went back to Omaha.

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