The definition of ignorance from dictionary.com is:
The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.
From the above definition, there are three traits to discuss regarding being ignorant. The three traits are:
- Being uneducated
- Being unaware
- Being uninformed
So I ask, is being uneducated bliss? Is being unaware bliss? Is being uninformed bliss? This post will go into each of those three questions and hopefully answer them.
Being Ignorant is Being Uneducated About a Topic
Your boss comes up to you and asks if you can do a particular task that requires a complicated piece of machinery and software. You do not know this machinery or software. As a result, you tell your boss you will be unable to do the task. Your boss seeks someone else and sticks them with the work.
Now, is it blissful that your ignorance kept you from doing additional or a different kind of work? What if your boss decides you are no longer necessary since you are indeed ignorant? Would it still be blissful to be ignorant?
Being Ignorant is Being Unaware of a Topic
Say for example that you had a warrant out for your arrest. You were unaware of this warrant and continued to live your life normally. During that period of normalcy, the police caught on to your location and finally served the warrant. Would all of the days before that warrant had been served be blissful?
Another example that was brought to my attention within the past few weeks was that of cancer. What if you had cancer, but didn’t know it yet. How could you be blissful in your ignorance if you had no knowledge of the ignorance you possessed? It would appear that ignorance could only be blissful if one was aware of said ignorance, thus making the ignorance only blissful in hindsight.
Being Ignorant is Being Uninformed About a Topic
A lot of people I know love American Idol, or golf, or sports in general. I could personally care less who wins American Idol, and I don’t follow sports. Is my lack of knowledge of these topics blissful? Actually, for me it’s quite painful because I have no idea what people are talking about and I appear as the outsider.
Another example is of a recent shooting near my apartment. A guy had shot his father and was consequently on the run with an AK-47 and a .45. My friend pounded on my door and asked if I was alright. Another friend called me and asked if I was alright. I do not have cable TV and do not watch the local news. Even though the event happened near me, I was uninformed (and unaware) that something had happened. The whole apartment complex was shut down and I couldn’t even leave if I wanted to.
Now if my friends had never called or came by, I would have never known something had happened. How could by ignorance be blissful in that circumstance? Because I was unaware and uninformed? In hindsight, my ignorance could have caused me great harm had I ventured outside with the police swarming around.
Is Ignorance Bliss?
Is ignorance really bliss? Please weigh in.