We assume things all of the time. It’s just a part of our human nature that has developed over time. Initially, our brains learned to presume based on split-second assumptions to keep us safe from predators or harmful things that might kill us. While we don’t necessarily need to use this instinct to hunt for prey or climb mountains to survive anymore, it’s still a tool that we use daily. Is it raining outside? The roads will be wet, drive safely. Do you hear that buzzing noise? There’s probably a wasp nearby, try not to get stung. But when we jump to conclusions too quickly, we can come to regret our decisions in an instant, much like the woman in this fable.
This dog was so faithful and well-behaved that the woman who owned it could leave her baby with the dog, and even leave to attend to business. Her job as a doctor required her to be away from her child. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him. One day something tragic happened.
The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful dog and went to attend to a medical emergency in the hospital. When she returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene, there was a total mess. The baby’s cot was dismantled, his nappies & clothes torn to shreds with blood stains all over the bedroom where she left the child & the dog. Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby.
All of a sudden, she saw the faithful dog emerging from under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking it’s mouth as if it had just finished a delicious meal.
The woman got angry and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby. Without much thought she beat the dog with a piece of wood to death. But as she continued searching for the “remains” of her child, she beheld another scene.
Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying bare floor, was safe & under the bed where the body of a snake was torn to pieces in what had been a fierce battle between the snake and the dog which was now dead. Then reality dawned on the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous snake.
It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and deeds before we have had time to evaluate the situation?.
This is called ERROR OF PRESUMPTION. Presuming things our way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. Little patience can drastically reduce major lifelong mistakes. Who Are You misjudging right now? Don’t think what you think others are thinking, Take time to get the whole truth. Or tragedy can strike.
Obviously, this is an old wive’s tale that has been adapted and modified to fit in with our time. No sane mother would leave her infant in the care of a dog for an entire work day. That’s crazy. But if I came home and my dogs were covered in blood, I admit that I would also be highly suspicious. I don’t think I would beat them to death because of it, but it’s a powerful message. Think before you act. Some acts can’t be taken back.
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