From the Oxford online dictionary:
assumptions (plural noun)
a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.
“they made certain assumptions about the market” · “we’re working on the assumption that the time of death was after midnight”
synonyms: supposition · presupposition · presumption · premise · belief · expectation · conjecture · speculation · surmise · guess · theory · hypothesis · postulation · conclusion · deduction · inference · thought · suspicion · notion · impression · fancy · guesswork · guessing · reckoning · guesstimate
the action of taking or beginning to take power or responsibility.
“the assumption of an active role in regional settlements”
synonyms: acceptance · shouldering · handling · managing · tackling · taking on · undertaking · entering on · setting about · embarkation on · seizure · seizing · taking · taking over · taking away · appropriation · appropriating · commandeering · expropriation · expropriating · confiscation · confiscating · requisition · requisitioning · hijack · hijacking · wresting · usurping · preempting · arrogation · claiming
the reception of the Virgin Mary bodily into heaven. This was formally declared a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1950.See also Dormition.
the feast in honor of this, celebrated on August 15.
arrogance or presumption.
The first thing I recall when I hear the word assumption is 8th grade science teacher, Mr. Sheehan (my only teacher I can recall by name in junior high) who taught us that when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me. This is the same teacher that would have us recite when we were wrong, “I’m sorry Mr. Sheehan, you were right and I was wrong.) which I still say to people to this day, minus the Mr. Sheehan part.
I never really took the time to sit down and pick that saying apart, until today’s prompt. Why must an assumption be perceived as a negative thing? Surely, such as in the case of science, an assumption of something must be made to make your theory. More often though, in my experience, people assume for the worst (and I don’t like people making an ass of me!)
The first line of the definition, “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof” makes me think of religion. (stop reading now if you are religious and don’t want to get offended by my own agnostic beliefs) People assume that there is a god, and they assume that their religion is the only way to honor said god. People can speculate about religion and the unknown all they want, but truth is, humans just DO NOT KNOW what happens after we die, and we won’t until we die. Yet, people worldwide, blindly follow a theory that something good will happen to them when they die if they lead the life their god wants them to live.
Kids are led to assume that if they don’t behave, Santa won’t come, but truth is, there is no real life Santa that would come regardless of their behavior. Who is really the ass in that case, the child that believes there is a Santa, or the deceitful parents trying to coerce their kid to behave? Couldn’t the same be applied to religion as well, to the same people that lead their kids to believe in a god?
Agnostic beliefs aside, I would like to make the assumption that someday, humans will live in peace, and not judge each other like the gods they supposedly follow are supposed to do. I should like to think that humans would stop being so presumptuous of one another, thinking they are better than one another, based on their beliefs. This is a topic for another day but I wholeheartedly believe that religion is the culprit of many wars that go on, and without religion and people fighting over what to believe, this world would be more tolerable to live in. The only religion we need is the Golden Rule…treat others as you would be treated!