Ignorance is Bliss
Most of us can say
with some level of honesty that ignorance is “foolish and presumptuous” when
there are so many sources out there to seek the truth. The reason I say
ignorance is bliss can be based on the fact the (s)he who thinks (s)he is wise
thinks s(he) knows it all when in fact, (s)he doesn’t know it at all.
Therefore, those who choose to live in ignorance may be living a contradiction as they claim to know something but failed the test to make it meet the truth or facts Hence, failing to try to meet the test to find the truth is their justification for being ignorant rather than saying, “I don’t know.”
In order to avoid a level of ignorance, one must make an effort to inquire so to find the answer or perhaps question or cross examine the statement. One cannot answer or refute the response if a proper inquiry is not made to justify the answer, hence it is a failure on oneself part to do so.
Although this sounds petty, it has large consequences on one’s own integrity to know the facts or tell the truth. Sometimes, it’s best to say that “I know that I do not know” as that may in fact be the truth rather than make up an untruthful answer.
“Know thy self” begins with being truthful with thy self and one’s own mind. One could also say that choosing not to know the truth is one way not to worry about it.