It’s Ignorance, Not Assumptions You Should Worry About

Danger lies in what we think we know

Darren Matthews
Mind Cafe

--

Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

Every decision you make comes with assumptions.

Most go unchallenged.

And often, they end up being the thing that does the most damage to a decision.

Why does this happen? What causes us to so ​readily accept assumptions​?

I’ve found an answer.

It’s ignorance.

The Nebula Award finalist, Vera Nazarian said this of ignorance: “It’s a fact everyone is ignorant in some way or another. Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it.”

Vera said it. We are all ignorant.

Given this issue — and the impact it has on our decisions — shouldn’t we all be more aware of what we choose to ignore?

Ignorance is(n’t) Bliss

There is a price to pay for ignorance.

Blind spots creep into our decision-making. They spoil our assessment of information, actions, and outcomes in every way.

--

--

Darren Matthews
Mind Cafe

Following my curiosity — which is decision-making — and sharing what I learn along the way