Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A Technicolor Creature in a Black-and-White World

We've all heard the expression- ignorance is bliss. This common phrase is oft used to add a bit of wit or humor to a given conversation, or to point out some obvious lack of awareness. But do you concur with the cliche? Perhaps it does prove true, but doesn't the converse of this statement apply often to daily life as well? Consider, for example, the beauty in knowing. The empowering feeling of speaking the truth, or better, hearing it. The sweetness of seeing the result of an action, or the wonderful feeling derived from a sudden epiphany.

I know ignorance can be bliss. But I also firmly believe in another popular expression: knowledge is power.


At April 13, 2005 2:07 AM, Blogger Alex said...

the converse of "ignorance is bliss" would be "not having ignorance is not bliss"

At April 13, 2005 5:12 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Ignorance is bliss until you have to pick lottery numbers.


At April 13, 2005 6:09 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Alex, I suppose you're right. Thanks for the correction!

And lottery numbers? Aren't we all pretty ignorant when it comes to that?

At April 13, 2005 6:12 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Wait! Alex, that's what I was saying. The lack of ignorance is sometimes bliss.

At April 17, 2005 1:11 AM, Blogger Alex said...

you forgot the second not:

not having ignorance is not bliss
the lack of ignorance is bad

At April 17, 2005 10:38 AM, Blogger Phydeauxs99 said...

Ignorance is bliss because it can take away your fear. But there are some people who you don't want to be ignorarnt like your doctor. So ignorance is bliss for the most part.

Like a five year old kid is ignorant to most of the world. A baloon tied to their wrist is like the coolest thing ever. Now it is still fun for us, it has lost much of its appeal.

Plus being ignorant of what someone else has allows us to be content with what we have. Like if you only knew about your computer, no matter how much it was bad, you wouldn't crave a better and faster one.

At April 17, 2005 11:32 AM, Blogger Erin said...

This is true.
And you're right Alex, sorry.


At April 17, 2005 3:29 PM, Blogger Erin said...

I've decided that I would rather be knowledgeable of a bitter truth than oblivious to it. And I would also obviously rather know of a beautiful truth than be oblivious to that.


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