Ignorance Is More Valuable To Man Than Silver And Gold, But More Deadly To Man Than Arsenic
What is ignorance? Check it in Merriam-Webster dictionary: the state or fact of not knowing something because of a lack of knowledge, education, or awareness. And what about being ignorant? First let us hear some great sounds. Thomas Jefferson: I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. Martin Luther King: If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Plato: To the heart and mind, ignorance is kind, there's no comfort in the truth, and pain is all you'll find. Daniel J. Boorstin: the greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge. Clearly, all they tried to say is just our title: Ignorance is more valuable to man than silver and gold, but more deadly to man than arsenic.
There is a saying goes like this: ignorance is bliss. If you do not know about something, you cannot worry about it. For example, some doctors believe ignorance is bliss and don’t give their patients all the facts. But that saying is only the case after finding some serious diseases, before that, these diseases ignorance is often deadly. For instance, cancer ignorance is deadly.
It is as though each of us investigated and made his own only a tiny circle of facts. But as Molly Ivan once put, nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Most men regard any knowledge outside the day’s work as a gewgaw, and to some other men, even his own day’s work. We could see an example of a Business Owner or Manager who believes that if he/she ignores a problem or issue it will go away. This is NEVER true. At some point, in our subconscious mind, there is a little voice that tells us that inaction is easier than confronting issues. Again, this is NEVER true. Issues or problems that are ignored just grow worse (and eventually explode). And since ignorance of the law is no excuse and institutional ignorance is criminal, all we need to do are take a moment right now and list some issues that we have ignored. Which ones should we address immediately? Take care of these things now. We are constantly in reaction against our ignorance just like that. Indeed it is a long battle against ignorance for human beings.
Interestingly, one of the greatest joys known to men is to take such a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. The great pleasure of ignorance is, after all, the pleasure of asking questions. The man who has lost this pleasure or exchanged it for the pleasure of dogma, which is the pleasure of answering, is already beginning to stiffen, or rather being truly and permanently ignorant. One envies so inquisitive a man as Jewell, who sat down to the study of physiology in his sixties. Most of us have lost the sense of our ignorance long before that age. We even become vain of our squirrel's hoard of knowledge and regard increasing age itself as a school of omniscience. We forget that Socrates was famed for wisdom not that he was omniscient but that he realized at the age of seventy he still knew nothing. Yes, we are all ignorant, except God. But he does not exist or he only exists in another world - Heaven. However, when we should admit our ignorance? Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise. That is answer to it and also a sign of intelligence. Most of us want to be more intelligent, no one wants to be a fool. So just do it according to the answer.
To sum up, acknowledging the above points, we can say a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Actually, education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. By the way, beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.