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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ignorance

I anticipate this blog being largely about ignorance, and I mean that in the best possible sense.

From the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, one of the definitions of ignorance is:
the want of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject [ link ]
Random House Dictionary has a similar definition:
lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc. [ link ]
So ignorance is just a lack of knowledge. While it is sometimes used in a pejorative manner, that is certainly not my intent here.

In fact, it is my honest desire to plumb the depths of my own ignorance, so that I might begin to learn what I do not yet know.

It is humbling to delve into a subject, especially when having some superficial familiarity or presumed knowledge, only to learn just how very much I don't know about it at all. After digging down and discovering the extent of my ignorance, then I may build up my knowledge.

Ignorance is something to be discovered, so that it might one day be removed.

I sometimes reflect on how we are often ignorant about our own ignorance. Quite ironic, isn't it?

However, I've learned lately that sometimes ignorance is bliss. Sometimes we discover things that we wish we hadn't. There is a certain amount of peace in the phrase "What you don't know can't hurt you."

1 comment:

Toby said...

Thanks for adding the comment section! I've been meaning to get over hear give a reply. I'm not sure what I original wanted to say because it too me too long to get back over here... whoops! Any how, not to pry too much, I would love to hear you thoughts on God and spirituality. I have some long winded thoughts myself (only read if you're very bored) over at tobysite.blogspot.com They are posted backwards, so start at the bottom and work up if you do go over there. I'll check back here in a few days to see if you have time to elaborate on where you are currently. Thanks for posting at DC, btw.