ignorance – the hidden poison

simply stephen / July 5, 2011

Part 4 of 4 in a series on the poisons in life

ignorance the hidden poison
anger the most harmful poison
greed the strongest poison
three poisons: greed, anger and ignorance

In the last series we talked about anger. Today it is time to have a look at ignorance.

There is a saying “ignorance is bliss” which is actually indicative of a negative behaviour not a positive one. The root ignorance means to ignore or avoid something. By doing so, you are not exposed to something difficult. That appears to be the easy route.

The opposite is actually true.

Avoidance stops you from receiving all that life has to offer. To me wisdom and knowledge is bliss (actually it is power). Although overwhelming, information and skills possessed by examining and developing each and every virtue are actually key tools to enlightenment. They teach you to explore the possibilities and find a better way to do things.

The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The truth is life doesn’t allow ignorance. If you make the plea, it backfires. Even the judicial system does not allow an ignorant action to allow a crime. There is punishment. In life that punishment is a harsh lesson. Something that will harm you in the long run.

It is important to learn and grow.

an alternative to ignorance

The real alternative is also a common idiom – “knowledge is power”.

Being aware of your surroundings, a culture, society, laws and anything that educates you on the “real” truth is a powerful way to arm yourself in a world full of change and chaos. You see, awareness leads to understanding, which is the precursor for one of the other virtues in this series compassion. It’s counter anger.

Learn to learn.

Explore and enjoy each new found knowledge. That information will provide you with the power to help, the power of compassion, the power of generosity. The power to love unconditionally and the power to understand and empathize. With that kind of control you are an effective weapon in helping to make positive change in the world.

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