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Within Reason

Posted on 2012.01.09 at 09:20


suzanne1945 at 2012-01-10 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
Reasonable expectations. Everyone has them. Some judge others because those expectations may differ from their own. It never even registers that someone else may have different expectations. They are very confused when someone acts contrary to those expectations with no thought they might be acting exactly in accordance to their own. Or perhaps they may define "reasonable" differently even if the expectations were to line up perfectly otherwise. Those who never consider that other people may act according to opposing motivations are far more likely to assume others are behaving irrationally.

This reminds me of how amazed I always was in working with children and their great logic, but having less experience. The answers that the little ones gave had perfect logic, but came up with less than what was expected answers. Here are some examples taken from 1st graders. They were given the beginning of a proverb and came up with endings that did not follow the expected norm, but oh, so logical from their viewpoint.

If you lie down with dogs,...you'll stink in the morning.
A penny saved is...not much.
A bird in the hand...is going to poop on you.

This just shows how important knowing the starting point for one's expectations is to the process of logic and motivation.

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