On your journey to find bliss, stay as far away from ignorance as possible
This cliché implies that being clueless immunizes you against unhappiness. I could not disagree more. This might even be my least favorite cliché of all time.
Ignorance is not something to seek. To be ignorant, you must not be educated in any way. You must be unwilling to learn or otherwise incapable of learning. You may not have any intellectual curiosity and if it starts to arise, you must squash it.
If you are ignorant, you cannot be aware of your surroundings. You are unable to care for or about other people because you do not have the capacity to understand them or their feelings. Ignorance does not allow for any level of engagement or perspective. Any experience you have is meaningless because you are not paying attention anyway.
Ignorance ensures that you never progress or grow or achieve anything at all. If something is wrong, you will not be able to do anything to fix it and if something wonderful is happening, it will be impossible for you to enjoy it.
The only existence I can think of that would be worse than spending your life in a state of ignorance, would be falsely thinking you were happily ignorant.
A life devoid of passion, knowledge, love, and achievement is the furthest thing from bliss. Happiness cannot be experienced without sadness. Gain cannot be experienced without loss.
On your journey to find bliss, stay as far away from ignorance as possible.
By Scott Arney, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union.
This article is part of Arney's new series, entitled A New Use for an Old Cliché.
This installment is part of Arney's educational series, entitled The Serial Decision Maker.