Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Is ignorance bliss?
The phrase or proverb 'where ignorance is bliss tis' folly to be wise' was coined by Thomas Gray. It means if knowing something makes you unhappy or brings about a negative outcome, it is better not to know it.
Most of the times, I practise the "ignorance is bliss but I prefer to be wise" mantra on myself.
What's your take on this?
Edited to add on 8 August 2013:
Thank you for all your insightful comments. I read and found myself nodding vigorously at certain parts. I won't be replying to all of your comments individually since most of what I say would be repeated.
Other than the belief for myself that I've stated above, I totally agree that there are situations in which one or the other would work better and we have to discern when and how best to apply to the different situations. Intricacies are involved and it is better to tread carefully.
I also particularly like shamuboo's insight. I have to agree with every line of his and that only mature people are able to see and practise that. Here it is:
"It is completely true that ignorance is bliss, but bliss is not a condition to strive for. Happiness, the more mature, wiser cousin of bliss, comes from allowing yourself to see hard truths and the feeling you get from processing them, after the struggle, after the pain. That sense of self-accomplishment and growth is addictive in the best way possible."