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Ignorance Is Bliss?
Posted 2/13/15 , edited 2/13/15
Socrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living". Nowadays we've all heard the phrase "ignorance is bliss," but is it really? I object, to be ignorant is to be weak. If you want ignorance then you are weak. You can't bear the truth, or knowledge. To be ignorance is to become non human, to become an animal or even a machine. To examine life is what differentiates humans from animals and machines.

Well, that's my view. So, do you believe ignorance is bliss?
Posted 2/13/15
yesh, block the world
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Ignorance is the shit, my nigga. What you don't know can't poke at your feelings and hurt em.

Only weakling try to tell others what constitutes for weak.

Posted 2/13/15
'lack of knowledge or information.'

I don't want to be lacking in either, being ignorant is not a good thing.
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Very anime'ish philosophy, but yeah ignorance is not bliss, its just ignorance. You may be happier not knowing your wife cheated on you, but would your relationship with her be happier not knowing that?
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I wish I wouldnt know some things, but my curiosity takes over.
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For some subjects ignorance is bliss.
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Posted 2/13/15

ZeroRequiem_ wrote:

Socrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living". Nowadays we've all heard the phrase "ignorance is bliss," but is it really? I object, to be ignorant is to be weak. If you want ignorance then you are weak. You can't bear the truth, or knowledge. To be ignorance is to become non human, to become an animal or even a machine. To examine life is what differentiates humans from animals and machines.

Well, that's my view. So, do you believe ignorance is bliss?


A study recently showed the following.

You have to be skilled at something to understand you skill level no skill means you don't know you suck at.

I prefer the following quote on stupidity though I know you can teach a person better if they have an open mind if not please refer to the quote.

"Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal and execution is carried out automatically and without pity."

Lazarus Long

To fix ignorance requires a person to have an open mind one willing to listen and objectively look at facts given to them and to decide for themselves if they can grow if not I hope they live in bliss because their stupid is killing the rest of us. They aren't any less human they just don't know any better.

That said always have an open mind be open to new ideas but if some states something as fact check and verify it yourself before taking it as gospel.
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Posted 2/13/15
Ignorance is bliss for the ignorant, a massive inconvenience for those who aren't, however.
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Posted 2/13/15
Not knowing doesn't make it any better,

Be prepared and stop running.
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You can't know everything.

You can't be just a sports caster that criticizes everyone's game and skill when you don't even play. You're just a fan. You couldn't do it yourself, pay your dues and work, so you're just a fan or a PE coach.
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There are things that are better kept unknown. It depends on the situation butt for me I'd rather know some stuff (even though truth can = pain)
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It depends on what one is to be ignorant of. I'd sooner not know all the little details about my parents' intimate moments, and that's perfectly fine. It would be a serious problem, however, to be ignorant of the germ theory of disease.
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With knowledge and understanding comes more questions and more anxiety about the things you don't know.

The most happy life is one that does not desire and accept things at face value.

BUT, the unexamined life isn't worth living, therefore, to suffer is good.

After all, we all share the same happiness, but suffer our own unique pain individually as it drives us further.
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Another thought.

John Stuart Mill developed the ethics of Utilitarianism, which dictates that whatever brings the greatest amount of happiness to the greatest number of people is most ethical.

HOWEVER, he adds a caveat to this. "it is better to be socrates dissatisfied than to be a pig satisfied"

it kinda reiterates that sure, ignorance may be bliss, but that there are things that supersede happiness.

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“It is indisputable that the being whose capacities of enjoyment are low, has the greatest chance of having them fully satisfied; and a highly endowed being will always feel that any happiness which he can look for, as the world is constituted, is imperfect. But he can learn to bear its imperfections, if they are at all bearable; and they will not make him envy the being who is indeed unconscious of the imperfections, but only because he feels not at all the good which those imperfections qualify.

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question.”


― John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
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