Is ignorance bliss?
Ignorance is the state of being uninformed, lacking knowledge. However, some may believe that some things are better left unknown, and hence believe that ignorance is bliss.
Imagine what this world would be like if no man knew how to create a weapon of any form, like nuclear bombs, guns, tanks, etc and never bothered to learn. Imagine a drunk driver makes a mistake and hit a school bus your daughter was traveling in and fatally wounding her and everyone else. Would you wants to know who that driver was? What good would it do? Imagine growing up being raised as an adopted kid, and your biological parents have since passed on. Would you want to now your were adopted and your ‘parents’ are not really your biological parents, and your biological parents left you in dumpster, Would you say, ignorance is bliss in these situations?
There is something about knowledge; once you know… you know and may not unknow unless you lose your memory somehow.
On the other hand, imagine in the situation where your financial advisor is stealing your money, or your child is using drugs and skips/bunks school, or your house is burning down but can still salvage some things, or you have an inheritance you don’t know about left to you by your grandparents. Would you rather not know about any of these?
Well, clearly ignorance could be bliss is some cases and not is others. So, we have to choose carefully, if possible, what we would rather know and what we would ignore. The challenge is, we wouldn’t known,may least for the most part, what we would rather not know until we know it, but which time it is late not to know. So, what is the strategy?
We would definitely want to know what would help us make decisions, to save our lives, to access what is due to us and enjoy our lives. However, we would rather not know what would make us miserable, hurt our feelings, or change our lives for the worse.
Sometimes what we know can hurt us, and more often what we don’t know can still hurt us as much, if not worse, as what we know. Personally, I’d rather be in the know and be hurt by things I know that otherwise.
Prudence is better than ignorance, check these verses out:
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Ignorance could be a bliss to the cowards and irresponsible. The need to know is important to the smart and go-getters. Knowledge is empowering even if it can hurt sometimes.