Ignorance Ain’t Bliss *Open Thread*



All the things that I don’t know worry me sometimes. But all the things that most people don’t know yet think they know worries me more. There are too many people who spout talking points and sound bites and think themselves well informed. They aren’t even well informed enough to have any idea of their own ignorance. Add in an arrogant attitude and you have a large segment of people that “comment” online. The ones that “know” everything, or at least think they do.

I’m not sure if it’s the anonymity that gives them the courage, if you can call it that, to be so blatantly reprehensible. They not only behave as if they were never taught any manners they behave like bratty adolescents. Adolescents, mostly, think that because they know what is new and cool they are smarter than everyone else.

Almost any 10 year old could fix a problem with my computer that sends me into a tizzy and has me running to Google for solutions. Some problems I can fix and some not. A 10 year old most likely would have no trouble. Kudos to them.

Had I been born with a mouse in one hand and a cell phone in the other I would be as savvy. Behold a woman who remembers when the family got the first television and then the excitement of getting a color teevee. That was then and this is now. In spite of everything “new” in my world I keep on trying and keep on learning. It’s either that or hide from the world and know less than I am willing to know.

Thinking that being savvy about today’s tech society makes you well informed is nonsense. It may allow you to feel superior for a while but will not stand you in good stead in the wide world. Knowing much about something in one area doesn’t make you informed in another. Informed and well rounded people know something about many things. They make it a point to learn as much as possible. Ignorance doesn’t need to know because it is so sure it all ready does. So many know so little about so much and don’t even know that.

I wish I knew more about so many things. I’m too old now to learn all the things I want to know. I am arrogant enough to be proud of trying to learn and humble enough to know I need to know so much more.

I will keep trying to learn until the breath leaves my body. Learning and knowing are important because ignorance isn’t bliss – ignorance is dangerous. Ignorance allows you to do things you wouldn’t do if you “knew” more. Ignorance tells you that you don’t need that knowledge because you are all ready informed enough by those ever present sound bites and talking points. Hogwash! Worst of all ignorance allows you to be fooled by mountebanks and demagoguery.

We all know when phony politicians begin spouting talking points on television. Switch one face for another, one body for another and the words remain the same. Changed a little here and there but basically word for word. Not an original thought among them. The answers they give to questions are the same. Except for questions that can’t be answered by the latest talking point. Then the dodging and spinning is a wonder to behold. Most people are disgusted by that kind of phoniness. Yet all too many now parrot those words like some politician. They heard it on television from a member of their tribe so it must be true. That is the most ignorant thing of all.

We need wise people to lead us. We need to try to be wise people to choose the wise people. We seem to be missing out in both categories. That’s not only sad, it is dangerous for the country as a whole. A people that doesn’t bother to know and revels in their own ignorance is a people headed for disaster.

Our education system has failed a whole generation of people. They were told what to think, not how to think.

Knowledge is the only way to fight ignorance. Yet how do you get people to learn when they already think they know?

You would think there would be a place in the back of the head that knows how much they don’t know. There has to be a still small voice saying “whoa, be still, you don’t know what you’re talking about”.  Is there a voice that they silence or is there no voice at all? The thing that worries me the most is that perhaps some are not just ignorant, perhaps they are just plain stupid. And you all know, “there ain’t no cure for stupid.”


14 Responses to “Ignorance Ain’t Bliss *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Sometimes you run across a wonderful story with a happy ending which should be shared.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      What wonderful people to do that to make the little girl’s special day all the more special. Thanks for sharing. With all the bad in the world it’s important that we remember there is so much good.

  2. piper Says:

    Another well written thread Marge.

    Usually I can read books that are approx. 200 pages or less in length in one sitting but have been only able to read about 50 pages about the Clinton’s and his administration treatment of the military, and his sordid behavior during his presidency. The book, Dereliction of Duty, by Col. Buzz Patterson is a must read which should make everyone shutter at the thought of having the Clintons back in the WH with the Madam in complete charge. Or having a demented loudmouth, Drumpf as Commander in Chief.

  3. piper Says:

    Last one today, my vacuum is calling.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The sun is shining Piper, I thought your bike would be calling. 🙂

      As for me, the weeds are calling. I can almost hear them growing.

      • piper Says:

        Later this afternoon after chores are done, company is coming this weekend and don’t want them to see me as a complete slacker.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      THANK YOU for this reminder, Marge – yes, long may she wave!

      Thank you, too, for your brilliant post. I am truly grateful and humbled to have you write here. You are a gem!

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

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