Knowledge & ignorance

25 Aug 2016

Something inspirational:

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

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  1. Brad 25. Aug, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Too many people I come into contact with think their knowledge is boundless and that dictates much of their personalities; Whereas they could do with knowing the true extent of their ignorance.

    • Ilana 25. Aug, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you. Although I personally wouldn’t want to point that out, I’m also not sure how helpful it would be. I believe it’s up to each of us to stand back and quantify what we know and accept we can’t know everything.

      I also think it depends on the relationship too. We’re moulded from a very early age through culture, family and society to act and be a certain way.

      Perhaps that’s part of the problem with society as a whole.

  2. Randy 25. Aug, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Well, this is the battle I have been fighting all my life, as to knowing what the stupid things were that I was doing, but seemingly unable to stop myself.

    I think it’s actually so much worse when you are intelligent and know exactly what it is that you keep doing wrong. I have watched myself for so many years doing the same thing over and over again, but still expecting different results.

    I have also watched so many others do the same thing, without ever listening to the advice given and wondering why things went the way they did. If you get zapped by touching an electric fence, normally the smart thing to do would be to stop touching it; but there are people who just feel compelled to keep touching it.

    I have come to realize that I do have the choice to stop doing that even when I want to.

    • Ilana 25. Aug, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

      You’re right Randy, it’s the patterns we learn from an early age that we don’t stop. When we’re consciously intelligent enough to know, but unconsciously repeat the same patterns, we will never get to change those patterns.

      When we learn about politics, we can hold a conversation about the latest news. When we learn a trade we can talk about that too. That makes us knowledgeable. We fail when we give advice on the things we don’t prep up on and yet we think we know, are told we’ve got it wrong and still won’t back down.

      Your example of touching an electric fence holds true, but in effect we would need to make the correlation of touching the electric fence and getting zapped in order to stop it from happening.

      That is true in most circumstances and of life. We must continually make the correlations. How many of us really do? Perhaps that the difference between knowledge, intelligence and ignorance.

  3. Tim 25. Aug, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Very true quote. You’d have to know the depth of your ignorance to be truly knowledgeable, otherwise you’ll always be ignorant. I think certain individuals, politicians in particular are that way.

    Educated fools speaking nonsense, intelligently, but it’s still nonsense.

    • Ilana 25. Aug, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks Tim. Perhaps, the irony is that educated fools think they’re intelligent and wouldn’t quantify they’re speaking nonsense. We may know that what they’re saying doesn’t make sense, but they don’t. Perhaps that’s part of the problem.

      When we take the time to look at things from the outside in, we can see what others may fail to see, but like everything; we have to know what we’re looking for or at, to make the correlation.

  4. Bonnie Johns 28. Aug, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    Hello all!! I want to really apologize for not being on here but I am back!!

    I wanted to write on this blog, the importance of knowledge vs ignorance. Ignorance can and has destroyed people but on the flip side depending on the situation; sometimes their actions were meant for the best not realizing their ignorance.

    I can say I got a little ignorant with my own diagnosis. I was so desperate I’d actually tell people I had Cerebral Palsy without the conformation all because I had the same symptoms. Mainly it was desperation.

    Now I know it’s muscular dystrophy and I’m relieved I have an answer and there’s a closure finally.

    • Ilana 28. Aug, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie. I agree. In your own case, I’m not sure I’d say you were ignorant with your own diagnosis.

      You were clinging to a diagnosis that you hoped would fit some of your symptoms. That’s not ignorance. When we have something to go on we cling to hope, cling to something that make some sense to us that somehow gives us part closure even if it’s not full closure or even confirmed.

      I’m so pleased you got your diagnosis, finally Bonnie. I know from my own experiences with Cerebral Palsy, even though we can’t change the outcome, we become slightly more settled in ourselves just knowing.

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