Thursday, November 24, 2005

Assumptions, be careful

As I mentioned in a previous post, we ran into a workmate at K Mart plant nursery in Chadstone. He was Scottish born and his wife Chinese born.

R jumped to conclusions and said later to me that she hit paydirt as this workmate is not poor and still has a farm in Scotland. Many of us would have made a similar conclusion with limited knowledge. Even someone who knew better, made a crack about the general matter in a specific way and lost his job as a a parliamentary opposition leader.

She was not a mail order bride. The both owned flats in the same apartment block. She is a nurse. The met as neighbours, fell in love, married, sold their respective flats and bought a house together and they seem very happy.

Take some care kiddies. We live in changing times and the old standards have changed. Make your assumptions, but don't base your response or re-action on your assumptions.

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