Ignorance isn’t bliss

I would have to question whether ignorance is bliss. I guess the answer is whether not knowing about something is something you can live with.

I know my Diary is the reason I didn’t know about my disability earlier, but in terms of ignorance is bliss, in my case it didn’t work, because not knowing about my disability and its many symptoms, meant I became angry and irritated instead.

On one side I was being protected, because I would have ended up in a special needs school, wearing calipers to help me walk, but on the flip side, not knowing meant I was continually being exposed to problems and that caused me anxiety and stress.

Ignorance isn’t really bliss. For me, living in ignorance left me with confusion. I was always being labelled and that label stuck: no one thinking the way I was had anything to do with my disability. That added to even more frustration.

Being angry made things worse, because it was easy for others to make and see me as the scapegoat, and that’s how it played out.


19 Apr, 2019

4 thoughts on “Ignorance isn’t bliss

  1. I almost hate to say it, but I think it’s so much worse when you’re smart enough to know that something is wrong but you’re forced to pretend like nothing is wrong.

    It probably would have been bliss if I wasn’t aware of my problems by being ignorant, but it wasn’t something that I could ignore.

    I spent far too many years acting like things were just okay, like you did; but finally got to the point where that wasn’t possible either.

    I have watched far too many people waste their lives living in ignorance, like my parents, and I just can’t do that.

    There are a few things that I would like to do, like helping others to open their minds and be the best people they can be, without the shackles that have bound so many of us to a lifetime of shame and misery.

    1. Thanks Randy. I never honed on this, but sure I didn’t altogether my issues as my problem, but carried the guilt anyway.

      I think you make a good point. It is much worse when you’re smart enough to understand that something’s wrong, but you’re forced to live a life of deceit.

      I couldn’t have lived with myself had I done that to my child. Ignorance only works if you don’t understand.

  2. I really don’t know why people would think so, as ignorance isn’t bliss at all. Pretending an issue isn’t there doesn’t address the issue but just bottles it up for another time.

    As Randy says, eventually something has to give by which time more damage has been done and sometimes it goes beyond the point of reconciliation.

    1. Yes, I would have to ask if those people actually care? If people cared enough they would change and do things differently. I agree with yours and Randy’s point about things going beyond the point of reconciliation.

      Living in ignorance because others wittingly choose to ignore something, isn’t the same as ignorance and being unaware of the damage you are cause.

      The latter is not easily forgiven.

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