posted on Sep, 26 2008 @ 02:11 PM
This dilemma has had me bewildered for most of my time here on this little spinning wet rock we fondly call Earth.
In this perennial inquiry of mine, as well as many others, i have found an effective approach to getting to the heart of a matter, is to bring into
focus it's polarities.
Flipping "Ignorance is Bliss" on its head; we consider how much misery ignorance causes, not only for the ignorant but also for anyone directly or
indirectly influence by the ignorant.
Which leads me to "Deny Ignorance", now if we are successful in doing, we avoid unnecessary misery but there is a catch, seldom are we successful in
raising people's awareness... the process is daunting, exhausting and frustrating and after a long battle can leave you feeling very hopeless... or
for lack of a better word "misery". In turn champions the premise of "Ignorance is Bliss"... for if you "hear no evil, speak no evil and see no
evil" ... evil doesn't exist. As the saying goes "Out of sight out of mind".
Whether we are willfully ignorant or not, most of us know better or should know better
"...you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem."
Now in the event that one is successful in raising awareness, the pay off is very rewarding. Knowing that you have made a lasting worthwhile
contribution to someones life and all those lives they touch. This could be what Joseph Campbell was referring to when he said "Follow your Bliss".
Though i think this may only apply to those who really care about other people... devoting their lives to raise the character of humanity.
So... is ignorance truly bliss... or misery?
Does the proverbial "truth shall set you free" lead to bliss or just more misery?
By "Denying Ignorance when Ignorance is Bliss" are we not in essence "Denying Bliss"?
Maybe the answer varies depending on the perspective and situation?
[edit on 26-9-2008 by The All Seeing I]