Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Different School of Thought

You have heard the saying "Ignorance is Bliss", well maybe there is merit in this school of thought.

Here are some prime examples:

I would be much happier not knowing that the saying, "Don't let the bed bugs bite" originates from the fact that there are thousands of dust mites living in my bed, eating my dead skin cells. If I were ignorant to this fact, I would be happier, and as such in a state of bliss.

Once a conjuring trick is explained it loses its magic.

The excitement of a game of football is in not knowing who is going to be the winner.

I think that there are some things out there, we know nothing about. That lack of knowledge allows us to sleep soundly at night.

Ignorant people don't have to worry and try to fix things themselves, instead they think that someone else is fixing the problem, or there is no problem.

Also if we do choose to solve the problem, it is the exciting part, NOT knowing the answer!

The government preaches ignorance, advertises it everywhere, and bombards us with propaganda, so that when we are happy in our ignorance, they can go about controlling the world without us worrying about what they are doing.

Maybe Ignorance, after all, is Bliss!


Postscript
Healingstones, a very wise and thought provoking blogger wrote this comment below which presents both sides of the argument VERY sustinctly.

"I agree that ignorance is bliss but there is something that goes alongside it: knowledge is power. Even though I hate politics intensely there is an argument for keeping clued up on what is going on in the world. Ignorance wasn't bliss with the recent sub-prime fiasco. (But then how on earth were we supposed to know when even some of the big financial institutions didn't twig!?)
On another level, ignorance can sometimes mean life - I have heard of people who have lived with cancer only to be 'diagnosed' and go swiftly down hill".




Chris (Joseph's father) and myself at Luna Park, Sydney, May 2009 having a ride on the Wild Mouse. It was much more blissful closing my eyes in certain sections of the ride.

16 comments:

Silver said...

i love the playful part of you, the fun loving and thrill seeking side of you!

~Silver

HappyOrganist said...

Peggy,
Bedbugs are fine. And someone else is fixing 'the problem'.
;)

McMGrad89 said...

Problems, what problems?

Fly Girl said...

Sometimes, it's just better not knowing! Love the photograph.... You DO know how to have fun, don't you?!

Roban

jen said...

having been ignorant of so much in the past, i'd say it's not bliss. but, you make a very good poitn about the bed bugs...a very. good. point. ick! fun post.

Cozyflier said...

Hmm, very good point, but if I'm ignorant to the government, then who will hold them accountable?

As for the bed bugs, vacuum your mattress every 6 months!!!

Your top header picture is AMAZING. The amusement park looks like a blast, I love roller coasters!

G'day!

mscherrylane said...

for sure, ignorance is bliss! it takes a certain type to recognise this ;)

and I have to totally *CORRECT* H.O on this one...Bed Bugs are NOT FINE. NOT FINE! and the scariest part is that they are living in the beds of even 5 star hotels...eeek.

miruspeg said...

Silver, HO, Annemarie, Roban, Jen, Carrie, Macs.....
Thanks for joining in the FUN.
It is cold, wet and miserable in Sydney and I needed to be a bit silly to get through the doldrums of winter.

My header photo features the octahedron fluorite pendant which was a gift from a wonderful blogging friend Healingstones. Aren't I just one of the luckiest people alive to receive such a beautiful gift!

Good night
Sleep Tight
Don't let the
Bed bugs bite

And if they do
Take your Shoe
Beat them till
They're black and blue.

Hugs
Peggy

Stefunkc said...

I myself find that I close my eyes during some times in my life. Last summer while on a second trip on a ride at Disneyworld I saw signs and lights and colors. I hadn't realized that the first time I'd had my eyes closed for the entire thing!

HappyOrganist said...

Oh, come on MsCL. Those little bugs never hurt anyone. Who's not adventurous now? !

TheChicGeek said...

I think you are really on to something here, Peggy. Ignorance is bliss :D LOL
I love, love, love the pic of you on Wild Mouse...I'm smiling and giggling!
Thank You, Peggy!
Have a Happy Day!
xox

miruspeg said...

Steph - Very insightful comment because we sometimes DO "close our eyes" when we don't want to SEE or faceup to certain things in life.

Kelly - I sure was smiling, giggling and squealing while we were going around on the Wild Mouse....YOU always make me smile too with your lovely comments.

Healingstones said...

I agree that ignorance is bliss but there is something that goes alongside it: knowledge is power. Even though I hate politics intensely there is an argument for keeping clued up on what is going on in the world. Ignorance wasn't bliss with the recent sub-prime fiasco. (But then how on earth were we supposed to know when even some of the big financial institutions didn't twig!?)
On another level, ignorance can sometimes mean life - I have heard of people who have lived with cancer only to be 'diagnosed' and go swiftly down hill.

miruspeg said...

As always Healingstones you have put both sides of the argument VERY sustinctly.
You have made it very clear that you are presenting these arguments only to show that you understand the issue from both sides.
I am always wiser after reading your comments.
:-) :-)

Healingstones said...

Awww so kind of you to say! I always stop by your blog because you have lots of wisdom yourself. Was surprised to see my words picked out - *blush* ;0)

Lilly said...

I am loving the photo - ignorance can be bliss and it can be dangerous too. Love your take on your life Peggy and the work you are putting in to get the knowledge you need to be blissful.