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    Assumptions and Prejudices

    There is a very thin line between both the words where one is with complete negative connotation and other can be positive or negative.
    Assumptions can be good or bad about something and are based on some kind of observation so they are to some extent logical, but prejudices are most of the time wrong and are without any logic.
    On the path of living a happy and contented life, one should have some observations in accordance to the situation so that he/she can't be made fool completely but shouldn't be prejudiced about anything because prejudices only hinder once mind's growth and ability to think clearly.
    Assumptions help us to find the solution to problems whereas prejudices create more problems.
    So what do you do in a completely new and strange situation have assumptions or prejudices?
  • #626680
    In an unknown environment to go further, it is always better to go with assumptions rather than prejudice. In a known environment definitely, we will have a better knowledge we need not assume to decide a path. Assumptions are based on logic chances of success are at higher level. But if you have prejudice chances of success are very less. To assume something your mind has to work and hence it will enhance your thinking capacity better but in prejudice, there is no thinking is involved and your mind may stop working and give you a negative effect in certain issues. So assumptions are always better for progress.
    always confident

  • #626683
    Whenever we have to think about a situation which we have not encountered earlier then we have to make some assumptions about it based on our experience and wisdom. Our anticipation may come wrong but we have no other choice.

    Assumptions are sometimes necessary to create hope and wishful thinking. Without them, we are totally in dark.

    Prejudices are a phenomenon where we have certain blocks in our mind and we are dead sure that such and such thing can happen only in that way and no other way. In this condition even we do not hear what other person is telling. We hear what we have in our mind. This is not a healthy condition. A prejudiced person can never take a good decision. He will always be having a concept of about a thing as per his thought process and not as per the real situation. So we must remove prejudices from our minds and think or ponder a thing with an open mind.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #627402
    In an ideal world we should not have both but in the practical real world, both exist creating more problems than good for the individual and the society. In my view prejudice automatically invites assumptions.

    When we see a girl and a boy sitting and talking in a restaurant people assume that they are up to nothing good. Often this comes because of the prejudice we have that a boy and girl are always in love and behave like couples and bring shame and disrepute to the family.

    Similarly, some have a prejudice that religion X is inferior and not as good as religion Y. Because of this prejudice one assumes that the other is a bad person.

    This applies to politics, friendships, external appearance, mannerism etc. When we are faced with an issue with more than one possibility and we do not have all the facts to make a logical decision, we are forced to assume what the right answer would be and hope it turns out true.

    So, I think, when we are faced with such situations, we need to have an open mind and the maturity to correct ourselves when proved wrong.

  • #627429
    The standard English language dictionaries define the words - 'Prejudice' and 'Assumption', as follows -

    - An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
    - Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
    - An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
    - The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; a supposition; an unwarrantable claim.

    Thus it can be seen that both the words have quite distinct meanings and there is no overlapping in the meanings of the two words.

    As far as, encountering a new situation is concerned, one should not have either of assumption or prejudice. Instead, based on the knowledge and experience in hand, the situation should be analysed logically in a rational manner to the possible extent.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

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