Why Being Ignorant Should Not Be Considered Blissful

Why Being Ignorant Should Not Be Considered Blissful

An end to idolizing sheer ignorance.

"Ignorance is bliss" -- a phrase repeatedly used yet hardly considered. Throughout my life, I was told that ignorance is bliss and I often believed it that it is. Not knowing meant not worrying. If I did not know of the wars in the Middle East, if I was unaware of the homeless people around me, if I had no knowledge of cancer, if I believed life was perfect, I would be in a state of perfect happiness. This seems ideal. Everyone wants to be happy, but is ignorance truly the key to happiness?

I recently reexamined the phrase, and I came to the conclusion that although ignorance may protect us from suffering, it is not as blissful as it is made out to be. Being ignorant means you are lacking proper knowledge, and to lack something as crucial as knowledge is a shame. Why would anybody want to cheat themselves out of something so fruitful? Happiness. People trade off being knowledgeable on certain topics in order to be happy.

This seems reasonable, but unfortunately, ignorance often has more of a negative effect than a positive one. Ignorance may seem blissful, but it is only so if you mean it to be selfish as well. When someone is ignorant they become self-absorbed, unaware of the greater picture, and apathetic.

A few days ago, I was conversing with my hall mates when the topic of sexuality and sex versus gender came up. The majority of them claimed that they do not understand the concept of transsexuality hence it causes them to become uncomfortable. This is a prime example of ignorance being destructive. Due to my hall mate's lack of knowledge about transsexuals they are insensitive in their speech about trans people, and they also may potentially act in discriminatory ways towards transsexual people. In this particular situation, ignorance is only blissful in the sense that my hall mates do not feel sympathy for the discrimination trans people experience. In fact, they are contributing to said discrimination due to their ignorance.

Ignorance is very rarely blissful. As I previously mentioned, only a selfish person can receive utter happiness from being knowingly ignorant. It is crucial for people to have a connection with their greater surroundings, and that requires one to be sympathetic or empathetic. Without knowledge of what is around you, you can easily be content but you will also be disconnected. Next time you use the phrase "ignorance is bliss," take a moment to consider whether you believe what you have uttered.

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Illinois Republicans Just Gave A Neo-Nazi A Major Platform

As if having a raging racist for President isn't enough.

Dictionary.com defines a neo-Nazi as a person who belongs to a political organization whose beliefs are inspired or reminiscent of Nazism. We learned about Nazis in school; they were the notorious villains of the story who came to life in a terrible, disgusting way. We learned their absolute hatred for any other race besides their own, insomuch that they murdered those they hated.

It is always a bit of a surprise to me that people who believe in this kind of hatred still exist today, simply because it seems impossible to hate someone that much. Yet society is still plagued with them, and in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve been given a microphone to express their views.

The villains that many minorities fear and continue to fear are alive and well, spreading their narrative around like wildfire, destroying everything they come in touch with.

And Illinois just made one of them extremely comfortable in one of the most powerful state positions.

70-year-old Arthur Jones became the Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois on Wednesday, upsetting many who had vehemently campaigned against his placement. Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman seemed to have fought the hardest, saying Jones isn’t a “real Republican” but rather a “Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.

While Jones disregarded the accusations of being a Nazi, he has been an active participant in the white nationalist movement for years. He ran for mayor of Milwaukee with the National Socialist White People’s Party and runs a campaign website that features a page that disregards the Holocaust completely.

While many continue to make excuses for Trump and his entirely questionable feelings toward minorities, Jones is a Nazi through and through.

Allowing a Nazi into a position of power like Congress invites many dangerous ideals and actions into society, similar to the rise in White nationalism following Trump’s win.

After Trump’s win in the Presidential Election, hate groups have increased by four percent and white supremacist terrorism has seemed to have erupted. The largest white supremacist demonstration, Charlottesville, brought terror to minorities as it seemed the villians were trying to “take back their country”. Trump has not only refused to denounce ties with white supremacists such as former Klan leader David Duke, but has also had the audacity to surround himself with advisors that have direct ties to radicalism.

Whether you choose to see it or not, almost every shooter that has destroyed communities of schools and concert goers was a white nationalist seeking to somehow purify America. The second you hear about a shooting or a homeland terrorism attack, the first thought that pops into your head is a white nationalist.

Giving yet another Nazi a massive platform to continue to spread this kind of hatred will make things worse. We step back into a history that offers no mercy for minorities, a history that seeks to purify the natural diversity of human nature.

While nearly everyone agrees Nazis are bad news, not everyone agrees to truly recognize it. We’ve become a society that shames those who simply want validation and equal treatment. We disregard it as over-the-top and too much to ask for.

The only way to fight this hatred is recognizing what is going on and taking action about it. Don’t elect neo-Nazis, for one, and don’t perpetuate the narrative that they are harmless. Choose to love, choose to be good, fight the better fight. It’s really not that hard if you put your mind to it.

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You Shouldn't Take Part In March For Our Lives, And Here's Why

You’ll be surprised why.

There are zero reasons. We are marching for gun reform to ensure that everyone in this country is kept safe and that another tragedy like the Parkland shooting never happens again. 17 lives were lost which is 17 too many.

Please take part in history and march on March 24th. Be part of the change. In the meantime sign the petition, call your local legislators, and whatever you do, don’t stop talking about it.

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