Jumping to Conclusions

We enjoy watching ‘Who-dunnit’s TV… especially ‘Vera’. I know that the man with blood on his hands, or the woman screaming, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ isn’t always the murderer.

Vera’s taught me that conclusion-jumping is unwise.

A smiling man pushing a baby in a pram with ‘I’m the Daddy’ on his T-shirt? Perhaps conclusion-jumping is reasonable… But the child throwing a tantrum in the supermarket, or the scruffy beggar in the shop doorway? I must remember the Vera lesson of unwise conclusion-jumping.

Two things have made me interested in the 1692-93 Salem Witch Trials… Watching the play ‘The Crucible’… and learning about their links with the 1664 Lowestoft Witch Trials… I heard this story yesterday…

…A teacher prepared a game for a high school class learning about the Salem Witch Trials:

‘I’m going to whisper to each of you whether you’re a witch or an ordinary person. Your aim is to build the largest group that does NOT have a witch in it. The winners will be the largest group; any group that includes a witch will lose.’

The students started grilling each other, forming groups of different sizes. Most of the students turned away anyone they thought might be a witch, forming small, exclusive groups.

‘Time to find out who’s won,’ the teacher said. ’All witches, please raise your hands.’

No one raised a hand.

The teacher explained to confused students; ‘Was anyone in Salem an actual witch? Did everyone just believe what they’d been told? Did they jump to the wrong conclusions?’

…Reading Ecclesiastes this morning. ‘The teacher’ says a lot about wisdom and the meaning of life… ‘It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.’ I thought of tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest!

On conclusion-jumping? ‘Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.’

2 thoughts on “Jumping to Conclusions

  1. I take your point, Paula! I guess the danger with bloggers is that because they say a lot there’s more chance of saying the wrong thing in the wrong way… On this occasion, I’m seeking a bit of wisdom from the Bible😊


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