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Is ignorance really bliss?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stumbo, Mar 14, 2018.


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  1. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Is ignorance really bliss?

     
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    :D Nope. Or I'm way less ignorant than I know I am. :wacky:
     
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  3. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Yes!
    Unicorns farting rainbows and glitter bliss.
     
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    Mmmmm! My favorite!

    e5a7_canned_unicorn_meat.
    Canned Unicorn Meat
     
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It depends.

    If you have an incurable cancer and don't know it, sure. If your house is on fire and you don't know it, not so much.

    If you're about to be laid off next Thursday and don't know it, sure. If your spouse is a crack whore and you don't know it, not so much.

    If an asteroid is headed toward Earth and we're all doomed and you don't know it, sure. If your right front tire is about to explode at 94 mph and you don't know it, not so much.
     
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    So you've met my ex, then? :woot:
     
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Mine had an affair with my drummer. True story.... :D
     
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  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Like someone I know is fond of saying, "I know that." (I'm not so sure he does)
     
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  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I was visiting a de-tox for homeless folks on a rainy Christmas Eve. One guy had all the answers and decided to let everyone know I was full of swamp gas. He went on and on until the other people got tired of his ranting and took my side. (That is a good trick if you are ever in a situation like that, I have seen it work more than once.)
    Finally, I said to him. "Yeah you are pretty smart dude, aren't you. That's why you have nothing and are spending Christmas Eve in this de-tox."
    He got really mad at me. He cussed me out, threatened me and left to spend Christmas Eve by himself in the rain to teach me a lesson.
    I did look around to see if he was waiting for me when I left. :nailbiting: Didn't see him.
     
  10. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    calvin-and-hobbes-bliss-small.
     
  11. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Did you fire him?
     
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  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    .....and then some. :eyebrow:

    :wacky:
     
  13. denhou1974

    denhou1974

    Mar 6, 2008
    Most ignorant people tend to overrate themselves (think driving). They aren't aware that they're ignorant of what it is they don't know.
     
  14. I have seen my share of blissful drivers.
     
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  15. No. Ignorance is just ignorance. It isn’t anything else.
     
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  16. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Yes. But is it moral?
     
  17. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Sometimes.

    I believe there are many advantages to being ignorant. But ignorance can also lead people into some very dark places.

    My favorite quality of the ignorant is the confidence they can sometimes possess, like @denhou1974 mentions. I've known many ignorant people who've knocked on doors they had no right knocking on - and got in. Who's believed they did something so well (when they didn't) that they convinced others of the same. Who are fearless, because they're too stupid to realize the dangers they're up against.

    I think too that the bliss part has more to do with someone's general disposition (or beliefs) than it does their knowledge. Someone can be an idiot and think the entire world is against them.
     
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  18. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
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    I'm sure it is for somebody, just not me. I like being informed.
     
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  19. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Here's the bliss I follow. Reportedly not very healthful, but what I don't know won't hurt me.

    heres_a_3d_spinning_dorito-97738.
     
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  20. RadioactiveGuy4

    RadioactiveGuy4 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    New Orleans
    I think being unaware can be blissful in the short term. Then the blissfulness is ended by knowledge or by consequence most of the time. In rare instances there is no consequence and we go on in our blissful state.

    Think about this... Its possible to develop cancer and then have it go into remission whit out ever knowing. This is the extreme in rarity.

    “On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”
     
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