Wednesday June 5, 2013

Assumptions can go in a million different directions and cause a billion different types of emotions. For instance, the things I care about I could assume that everyone cares about ... but they don’t. In fact, they assume that I assume they care. That’s when assumptions turn to facts and the fact is not everyone cares.

I know those are very broad generalizations that cover no one specific thing. So let me delve a little deeper into the abyss and cite a specific example. But before I get too far into this, I can only cite examples that I know firsthand. So here it goes -- my first example is cancer. Now I assume that everyone has a cancer story and I could further assume that everyone wants this disease cured. Those are fairly safe assumptions, but if we really picked it apart we would find that not everyone cares, and maybe they don’t care because they’re busy assuming that heart disease is something everyone cares about. So in fact the one thing that’s constant is that both parties are concerned about eradicating horrible physical afflictions. But that, too, would be an assumption.

I bring that one up because sometimes I assume that everyone cares enough to give money, time and effort towards the things I feel passionate about, but the fact is they don’t (and that’s not an assumption). In this instance, at least for me, it’s the Relay for Life and the Tri for Hope (sprint triathlon at Mount Snow on July 13). Both of these things I either help organize or organize myself, and I do it because, frankly, I hate cancer! It took my mom, mother-in-law and my dog Max, so I have no use for it and I assume that people care as much as I do about its eradication. Fact: They care, some as much as I do, some more, but some, not at all. But if you do care, the Windham County Relay for Life is June 21 at the Brattleboro Union High School Track. If you don’t care to show up to the event, donate $5 to someone who does. It doesn’t have to be a lot, because you can assume that every little bit helps -- because it does.

Remember that old saying -- when you assume you make an ... Well, I think you know where I’m going with that one. But what if no one assumed? How would the world change? I assume just because I write about it, talk about it and scream about it that everyone now knows leaving your pooch or pet in the car on a hot day is a bad thing. But the fact is there are still a ton of ignorant people out there that don’t understand; they assume the dog will be fine, when I know they won’t. But let me say this, if you leave your dog in the car on a hot day with the windows up and I see it, you would be kind of silly to assume that windows in your car would be intact when you returned to the vehicle! And that’s a fact. You see, assuming can damage your car.

So whoever said we shouldn’t assume, assumed that it was some form of being polite. Fact is, assumptions have built this nation, and in large part drive the price of everything that is critical in our day-to-day lives. So with that little fact in mind let’s all assume that those kinds of assumptions are bad. I really feel that sometimes assumptions are a necessary part of advancing the culture, perhaps bettering the planet. But the key is to notice when there are just a bunch of assumptions flying around with no "fact" to ground them. Frankly, if I assumed that everyone cared about certain things as much as I did, then I wouldn’t need to do anything. But the fact is I do and I try to get people to care as much as I do. And that for me is the dividing line.

At this point however, it is safe to assume I’ve overused the word assume. What the Hell is up with that?

Fish is the morning talent on Classic Hits 92.7 FM. He also offers up his opinion on-line at www.whatda hell.net. E-mail him at fish@wk vt.com.