Jumping to Conclusions
I was half-expecting important news headlines out of Washington before Christmas - Mueller's investigation charges President, GOP tax cut vanished, DACA Immigrants given Amnesty, Trump discloses his 2016 tax returns, Trump resigns or impeached, Electoral College eliminated, Term Limits Passed or something that unifies our country... All would have been as much as surprising as unlikely given the current climate of American politics and corruption.
Maybe it is too late to assess the point of no return, still too early to abandon hope...just right to stay a little longer??? When is the right time to resign? When does the crew man the lifeboats? When does the crew skip the lifeboats and swim for it?
People sometimes jump ship when they think they are sinking. Maybe they somehow deduce their odds are better leaving than helping. But what often jumps first are misperceptions, fears, miscalculations and assumptions...when these leave most abandon any relationSHIP.
As late as the 19th century lemmings were believed to commit mass suicide by jumping off cliffs during their migration. This view was popularized by the Disney film White Wilderness. But it was eventually discovered and revealed that Disney had staged and shot many of the migration scenes of different groups of lemmings on a large, snow-covered turntable in a studio. And then photographers and filmographers added footage of lemmings falling down a seaside cliff. The film shows these rodent-like creatures frantically swimming away from shore en mass as the narrator attempts to convince his audience that these creatures were pushed. Though while this attempt at manipulating reality to influence people's perspective is despicable, this blog post is all about the human animal and public being lead to conclusions.
Some don't jump until they have a safety net or some firm ground to land lightly on. They jump into the unknown because they want to escape. Nobody ever gets onboard a boat knowing it will sink. People get onboard something that they think will stay afloat and help them get to their destination.