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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stumbo, Mar 14, 2018.
Is ignorance really bliss?
Nope. Or I'm way less ignorant than I know I am.
Unicorns farting rainbows and glitter bliss.
Mmmmm! My favorite!
Canned Unicorn Meat
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.
So you've met my ex, then?
Mine had an affair with my drummer. True story....
Like someone I know is fond of saying, "I know that." (I'm not so sure he does)
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. Didn't see him.
Did you fire him?
.....and then some.
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.
I have seen my share of blissful drivers.
No. Ignorance is just ignorance. It isn’t anything else.
Yes. But is it moral?
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.
I'm sure it is for somebody, just not me. I like being informed.
Here's the bliss I follow. Reportedly not very healthful, but what I don't know won't hurt me.
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.”