The exclusion of data. Ignorance has nothing to do with your ability to assimilate new information. That’s your IQ, and totally independent of your degree of ignorance. We cannot eliminate ignorance. It’s hard wired into our brains, but we can “tame” it. Shape its behaviour to better suit our well being. The pattern of blank spots in your consciousness can be deliberately moved, relocated. As they say, you can’t know everything. But I say you just can’t know everything all at once.
If I consciously know I’m ignorant in an area, I will listen more and give people the benefit of the doubt. In knowing your ignorance you can have a deeply meaningful ally that can move us to know when to seek wise council, as well as when to offer it and when to abstain. No one persons wisdom is all encompassing.
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” Benjamin Franklin (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790)
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius (China’s famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, 551-479 BC)
“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” Benjamin Franklin (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790)
The topic is ignorance. What is it? Ignorance is not knowing. Oblivious? Making assumptions. Poorly thought out ideas. Interesting. What I know of ignorance is: It’s the exclusion of data. When I would be the target of racial slurs. I was told pay no attention, they are only ignorant. Is true. Ignorance is quite mundane. Common. It has been a term used to judge other cultures in the past. And most true, in fact, of “advanced” cultures. The word ignore, though, is a very active verb. Implies intention. To ignore is to do something actively. It’s done actively and passively.… Seek More
What makes people debunk hidden knowledge is that they see it has sensory corollaries, and they are totally right it does. But there seems to be an issue of context when perception is so broad. Context meaning where they got it from? Any information you get has the stamp of its source. It’s environmental footprint, so to speak? Yes. When you aren’t “seeing” the agreement with the world other people see, they can think you are speaking a foreign language. We have certain instincts as human beings that we have no need to drive under the level of consciousness, but… Seek More
Today’s topic is ignorance, but an observation about IQ might help the time issue as relates to this topic. IQ tests are only valid if anyone given sufficient time can answer all the questions correctly. Ignorance works like that. We need that attenuation of our perception, but given time we can become aware of all truth in turn, if we are willing. In general, it seems someone of an “intellectual” disposition is considered less ignorant than another person. There is no basis for this judgement. Actually to the contrary. Generally, the big world shapers have been very “strange”. Not what… Seek More
Is ignorance in any way bliss? Recognition of human nature and acceptance of it is bliss. Ignorance is like our mental fingerprint, we all have one and the pattern is different for each person. Knowing this, and allowing for it in your judgements, can lead to a genuinely blissful state. Knowing you have hands is not as useful as putting those hands to work on your personally chosen purposes. Knowing you have mental limits is not as useful as knowing that they give form to your awareness and thought, and then exploring with acceptance of this truth. I know that… Seek More
The topic is ignorance, and no, it was not a hint to anyone who felt it was some stab. I felt I might be able to offer something on what we all face, the limits of our perception. We all have a limit to how deep our awareness runs in any given area. For every facet of life we are deeply immersed in, there is another that we contact more shallowly, and some not at all. There is a lot of critical thought and commentary people share about ignorance. Often fling like an angry monkey flinging waste. But in fact,… Seek More
The topic is ignorance. What is ignorance, friends? Etymologically, it is without knowing. Ignorance is to each of their own perceptions. How can we substantiate the state of being we call “without knowing”? We are constantly in a state of not knowing. How do we know this? Each consciousness has its own character, and even in the fullness of life, ones fundamental character tends to endure as much as its superficial traits may evolve. Is this not so? We chose certainty? We chose certainty and in that we invited ignorance, because the total tapestry of reality has an exception to… Seek More
How do we figure out where our blind spots are? Good question. We can figure out where our blind spots are by recognizing where our awareness is incomplete. The edges around our blind spots are fuzzy. Whenever you venture into an area of understanding where your inner guidance doesn’t speak or speak clearly, you have one point you can mark. You will find as you discover more of these fuzzy points they form a pattern, then aren’t disjointed. Eventually the pattern describes a form you can recognize, though you may not grasp the particulars. The edge of the world doesn’t… Seek More