reply to post by ShadowBase
Often enough when it comes to political, and geopolitical discussions, no one is right, and at the same time, everyone is right.
When it comes to ignorance, ignorance is very simply "not knowing".
That can be interpreted all sorts of ways as well.
It begs the question; What is Knowing?
There's knowing, like, you know your neighbors, and then there's knowing like you KNOW the person you wake up next to each morning.
This applies to topical subject matter.
How well do you really KNOW the topic. Both sides? All sides?
You list geopolitical argument as an example, and often enough those arguments have a much wider scale of different sides to look at them from much
more than just Government X vs. Government Y.
What does China think of the whole thing? What does Easter Island think? How does the whole situation effect the price of pork in Hawaii? Will the
price of 7.62 ammunition rise or fall in the next few weeks? Will the hobos on Skid Row get soup, or ham at the shelter kitchen on Wednesday?
Unless someone understands not just the Government X vs. Government Y perspective, but also how a small geopolitical contest effects the demand for
blue dyed wool in India, or the cost of Sake or electronic components in Japan, then, essentially, everyone is ignorant. These contests effect more
than just X or Y. They all have threads attached of various tensions and thicknesses, some of those thread having tigers, elephants, bears and
dragons on the other end.
Additionally there's the lesson of Herman Melville's Billy Budd where sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing.
On more focused, specialized subjects, it's a much smaller fish tank, but, no subject is entirely simple.
edit on 5-12-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)