I would rather ask a question than assume .. Even if it does make me look a fool.
I have never presumed to know everything.
And yeah, i could look it up .. But i am surrounded by shit loads of intelligent people .. One of you at least will have the answer .. And it is a good way to start a conversation.
â€śI made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and seeâ€”and I don't.â€ť
â€• Georgia O'Keeffe
What I'm talking about is the tendency in common conversation, for ignorance to beget confidence.
For people to assume things about others that would literally take them 30 seconds to learn if they would only ask.
This might not be what the OP meant but I admit, this is actually something I do. But the thing is, I don't assume that I know everything or what I assume is correct, I only pick up cues from here and there to build up a bigger picture.
My assumptions go hand in hand with occasional questions. Questions arise assumptions and I ask questions to back up my assumptions. It's a continuous cycle. Somehow I consider asking a lot of questions to be invasive from my part. I have absolutely no problems with people asking me questions, I always have the choice whether to answer them or not, but I cannot bring myself to become really inquisitive. Hence, there's always information coming in, from what people choose to tell me, some things get assumed and I'm constantly looking for other cues to back up my assumptions.