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Ignorance is bliss or is it?

Ignorance is bliss or is it?

by Chanda M. Carte

Ignorance is an ugly disease.  It drains your essence. It robs you of your potential to be great. It has the ability to wipe out entire generations. Ignorance is cold and calculated. Are you a victim?  There is a cure, but you must actively seek that cure. The life giving fountain of knowledge can snatch you back from the brink of destruction and extermination. 

Thomas Gray, an 18th century poet, coined the phrase "ignorance is bliss". Is it?  Is not knowing better than facing the realities of living? Some might say yes, that ignorance allows one to live a carefree life without the burden of worry; without the pressure of analytical thought and contemplation. Let's be honest, ignorance abounds in today's society. The 21st century has proven that seeking wisdom, enlightenment, education, answers, solutions, and understanding are not high on the list of priorities.  There is a "herd" mentality and it has the masses stampeding in the wrong direction.  

Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, said "the more you know, the more you know you don't know".  Does that mean that our search for knowledge is essentially in vain? Are we destined, then, to be perpetually trapped in the grips of ignorance even if we try to expand our education, imagination, and intuition?  It is better to know. It is better to be bold, and willing to stand alone than to fall for what's being spoonfed to the masses.  Open your third eye. Cultivate your spirit and your higher consciousness.  Robert Frost, an American poet, said it best when he stated "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." 

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