Is Ignorance Bliss?

by attyramsey

I am sure that at some point of your life you have heard the phrase, “ignorance is bliss” and some people apparently have decided to live their lives in a manner where this is their ultimate goal, but the question remains of whether or not it is true.  Now, this is a loaded question, as there are times in my life that I can honestly say that I wish that there were things that I did not know.  In both my personal and professional life I have witnessed many unfortunate circumstance that, quite honestly, I wish that I would have never known, thus ignorance would have indeed been bliss.  As a father, I often observe actions and decisions that my children make that are clearly based upon their lack of knowledge or experience and sometimes I am envious of their innocence via their ignorance.  This will sadly change as they mature and gain wisdom in a fallen world.

One of the main questions that must also be answered in this dilemma is: “what is the definition of ignorance?”  If I came up to you on the street and said, “you are an ignorant person,” have I insulted you?  If I admit to everyone of my clients, students, or those of you reading this blog that I am ignorant of many things, have I just provided a horrible weakness?  I firmly believe that the answer to both of these questions is an emphatic “No!”

A traditional definition of ignorance is simply the condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.  It simply means that you have not had the opportunity to study or experience something.  We are all ignorant of something, but it is not a condition to focus your life on.  If anything, I will argue that the phrase “ignorance is bliss” is one of the greatest lies in the history of the world.  Ignorance is not bliss, it is a plague that has destroyed lives, ruined civilizations, caused wars, and countless other wretched activities.

However, here is the good news: ignorance can be cured.  How does one accomplish this great goal?  It is simple: read, study, work hard, and pray for wisdom from God.  As is stated in 1Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”  What this means is that as Christians, we should always be finding ways to defend our faith through continuous learning.  I believe that it is a goal that every person should have and it honors God.  To do otherwise is not bliss, it is a means of becoming lethargic and results in destruction.

So what does all of this have to do with my first blog?  As an attorney and a college professor, I am always seeking ways to teach others about the law; this is the goal of this blog.  I will regularly write about complex legal issues, but will do so in a manner which will hopefully break things down in a way that is easier to understand and will hopefully cure ignorance in the areas of law and governent.  If you read my blog, you hopefully will agree with my points, but if you do not, I would expect you to express your disagreement in a mature and respectful manner.  I welcome open debate if the goal is noble and the hope is to cure ignorance.  You can disagree without being disagreeable.  If you cannot, then please feel free to leave and not return to this blog.

So, let’s see how this adventure goes and hopefully you will find my information valuable.  May God Bless this venture and all of you.