Is Ignorance Bliss?
There are certain questions which come to mind and leave me in a state of dreamer and this is one such question. Is knowing less make us happier? Does being ignorant of the truth bring sunshine? Does knowledge give us power and ignorance bring state of bliss?
There are different perspectives on this. Some people say, ‘What you don’t know, can’t hurt you’. But is this always true? I feel, it depends on the situation. For example, someone doesn’t know that excessive drinking will affect the lever. But, Is the reality going to be otherwise because of being ignorant about it?
I am a firm believer that knowledge brings insights and deeper meaning to reality. Knowledge is the ultimate purpose in life. Be it bookish knowledge, spiritual knowledge or philosophical knowledge; It shows you the right light.
Sometimes, it might feel like that the situation would have been better if we did not know certain things but that is just impulsive thinking talking to us. Knowing about the things give you the actual strength when reality hits the road.
Knowledge is like an itch. The more you know, the more you want to know and the more you know, the more you don’t know. It’s like walking inside a never-ending tunnel in order to see some sunlight.
The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates
Ignorance has its place but I guess, just in childhood, when parents protect their kids from the ultra-complex reality called ‘life’, which is way too hard for a child to understand. So, In a way, we all have had that ‘bliss’.
What is your take on ‘ignorance‘? Is it really a bliss?
In case, you fancy to know about from where this phrase originated, you can read Thomas Gray’s famous poem ‘Ode On a Distant Prospect of Eton College‘