THE TOP TEN THINGS WE SHOULD NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED

Citizen Tom

Depiction of sneering used in Darwin’sThe Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (Sneer – Wikipedia)

We all have heard this old saw.

familiarity breeds contempt

FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

When someone becomes familiar to us, we tend to take that someone for granted. That is, we presume that that person will always be there for “me” just as we have always known them. How does that generate contempt?

  • Even when we have become the familiar (Definition of Familiar (merriam-webster.com)) of another, we may resent being presumed upon. We may resent being taken for granted. Then we may begin to see someone who so readily presumes upon our good nature as moronic and worthy of our contempt.
  • When someone becomes familiar to us, we cease to examine them carefully. We simply presume to “know” them without considering them. Then…

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