Has anyone ever looked at you and pronounced these memorable words: I thought everyone knew that. The phrase seems to define presumption and implies naïveté or worse. But don’t we think it all the time? Perspective, context, and cultural background all color how we each view the world – and how the world sees us. It can also mean we go on mental autopilot without even knowing it. Here are three small examples of when I’ve moved on mental auto-pilot without thinking.
Poland won its third soccer match towards the Euro Cup 2016 trophy, changing the team from “underdog” to “one of the ones to watch.” Today’s score: Poland vs. Ukraine: score 1:0. The American press has given the European match zero news coverage, which I understand somewhat. Soccer isn’t the biggest sport here, and the US is not participating. Thank goodness for the Internet.
After today’s match, Poland is one of the top four teams out of a slate of 24. The other three top teams are Croatia, Germany and France. I find myself getting psyched for the next game.
*Update – On June 25 Poland beat Switzerland!!!
Euro 2016: Poland scored its first win ever when it beat Northern Ireland 1:0 on June 12, 2016 in France. For Americans who are not well-versed in the championship men’s football tournament (soccer to Americans), I offer three words. This. Is. Big. Like the Olympics, the Euro Cup is only held every four years, and plays to an audience three times that of the 2016 Super Bowl. This. Is. Big.
Update: Game 2 on June 16 matched World Cup champions Germany to Poland. Score: 0:0. Next game is versus Ukraine on June 21.