Many of us are guilty of the sin of presumption. Presuming things our way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. In this inspiring and very touching story, first year medical student Justice Ashton highlights the evils of presuming and how we can avoid it.

A cat was so faithful that the owner could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the cat faithfully watching over him.

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful cat & went out shopping. 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 cat. Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby.

All of a sudden, she saw the faithful cat emerging from under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal.

The woman went berserk & assumed that the cat had devoured her baby.

Without much thought she beat the cat with a 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 on the floor, was safe & under the bed the body of a snake torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it & the cat, which was now dead.

Then reality dawned on the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The cat 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 cat.

How often have we misjudged people & torn them to shreds with harsh words and deeds before we have had time to evaluate the situation? It is called SIN 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 life long mistakes. Who Are you misjudging right now. Don’t think what you think others are thinking. Take time to get the whole truth, actions based on “presumption”, are dangerous and could leave an everlasting if not eternal regret.

Share if you’re touched and use it as a LESSON!


picture below: Justice with I Clemency


One Comment Add yours

  1. Presumption is one sin almost every body is guilty of. Presuming people based on appearance without knowing their true character is very common, especially among first year students. The first time I saw Justice,I’m sure I presumed him to be someone else than the great guy he is.

    My first encounter with my best friend Larry, we were competing for a girl who we thought was…. She turned out to be fake and Larry turned out to be a nice guy.

    Because of his scary look and beard, I presumed Brammy to be someone I should be wary of. He turned out the opposite. I presumed Joshua Idowu,my co-editor to be an ambitious little kid. He turned out an hardworking,matured, intelligent, responsible person that could be trusted to lead.

    Samad, Adudubor, DanSan, I can go on and on,but I’ll leave space for you to share your own experiences.

    Point is from how wrong my presumptions were in my first year, I learned to be careful, but never prejudicial.


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