A while back I wrote a post called Stupid is Stupid but Ignorance is Bliss.
It was in my early blogging days and while I stand by much of what I wrote at the time
Today’s Mental Moment…
is about how the Ignorance is bliss philosophy can, and often does, go to far.
In many ways we can benefit by choosing to remain ignorant of certain topics and situations.
A person who has high anxiety about the crap going on in the world they can do absolutely nothing to change, chooses to limit their exposure to news and media, thereby becoming ignorant of some, if not all current events, they may find their anxiety greatly reduced.
However, choosing ignorance should never be an excuse for bad behavior.
Ignorance and stupidity are not the same thing.
Ignorance can be fixed, and when a person acts ignorantly it is often more detrimental and insulting then if the were just stupid.
For example, ostracize anyone who is different or incapacitated mentally or physically due to archaic beliefs is ignorance gone to far.
With the availability of information on any condition that would cause finger-pointing or back turning or rumor mongering …the ignorance of people who continue to hold prejudice without understanding out of fear are ignorant beyond the pale.
Fear is why we turn away. FEAR not faced breeds ignorance that should not be tolerated yet is widely spread by people who choose to perpetuate and not educate.
A child never should hear from another’s mouth - I’m not allowed to play with you because.. (you are mentally or physically different from me? )
That comes from the ignorant parent who sees the “damaged” child as a threat…and also fears their affliction might be contagious or something ignorant like that.
Or racial prejudice..or sexism..or…you get what I am saying here?
We are all here together. To shun anyone from ignorance, because we lack of want to learn and do better…
I thought it wasn’t as prevalent anymore, but I have recently been, not only exposed to it myself, but heard a story of the way a friend’s autistic children were treated by a community, which broke my heart.
Ignorance is bliss if you know why and what you are doing and use it wisely.
But when it’s used to wrongly condemn or tease or shun another human being,
it’s just plain stupidity.
To your Mental State, whatever it may be..
- Fear Based Strategies (insideawarenessblog.wordpress.com)
- The Decline of Critical Thinking (counterpunch.org)
- The Whys of American Ignorance (prn.fm)
- Is it Ever Okay for a Partner To Call You Names? (everydayfamily.com)
- Why Americans Are So Ignorant – It’s Not Only Fox News, There Are Some Understandable Reasons for it (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
- Cognitive Opening and Closing: Toward an Exploration of the Mental World of Entrepreneurship (manwithoutqualities.com)