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The concept of assuming fact, in the realm of understanding how a worker becomes less valuable as the product being created gains in worth, is quite fascinating in terms of social implications for humanity. Karl Marx explains presuming a situation as fact solely because the result of item “A” is the direct attribute of situation “B” as illogical, stating, “He (the political economist) assumes in the form of fact, of an event, what he is supposed to deduce – namely, the necessary relationship between two things…” (Marx, 1844/2017, p. 29). Certainly the worker becomes estranged from the product of their labor as a consequence of the product not belonging to them, and through their labor to produce an item of value, their own worth is diminished. Yet what Marx is seemingly stating, in regard to assuming fact, is that the result is far more concerning than mere economic value. The lessening of our value is not simply a direct result of producing a product regarded more highly than the labor, it is the result of alienating and estranging our very humanity; our value and worth in favor of becoming a tool for the production of things for others, versus having the freedom to create and own. What I find most interesting about Karl Marx’s view on the error of assuming fact (not just in relation to the estrangement of labour) is many of us assume fact. We tend to explain ideas, concepts, realities, life, situations, etc. in terms of "because of this, then that", without necessarily trying to understand the many other complexities and societal implications.