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!
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.
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