Ignorance is Not Bliss
IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS
Do you think people are ignorant because they are poor, or poor because they are ignorant?
I personally believe that the latter is true and have formulated a rather special definition of the word “Poor.”
Ask yourself, “What’s the most important thing on earth as far as a human being is concerned?” I think it’s truth. Truth is knowledge and truth is honesty. To the extent that a person has knowledge, and personal honesty, he is rich.
Mirabeau once said “If honesty did not exist we ought to invent it, to invent it as the best means of getting rich.” Shakespeare wrote “To be honest as the world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” Both of them were correct.
To be ignorant is to be poor. It does not have to do with money necessarily, although one seldom finds a person with knowledge who is not getting along well in the world. He may not be wealthy in the conventional sense, but he has enough for his needs, and he’s enormously wealthy in many important ways.
A person will enjoy life, the world, and people to the extent he moves away from ignorance and toward knowledge. Perhaps just as important, or even more so, the degree to which a person has truth and knowledge will determine his degree of freedom as an individual. Every human being has to be born ignorant and for a time live in ignorance. But if he remains ignorant that is his own fault. The fight against ignorance waged by everyone in his or her lifetime must be an individual personal thing. No one can give us truth. Another person can point out the truth and urge us to strive to make it our own, it is far too great a thing to be received passively. It must be searched for actively if it is to have significance. We can be inspired to search for truth, unless we find it for ourselves it will do us little good.
A strong person cannot make a weak person strong, yet a weak person can make them self strong by following a planned course of action, and of course a strong person can become even stronger.
Each of us has the opportunity for finding personal freedom and wealth that comes with knowledge and understanding, and should we decide to stop learning or think we know it all, before attaining our “Riches” then we can only blame ourselves.
A man is poor to the extent that he is ignorant because the riches and the freedom that he seeks, if he is truly seeking them, are all around him. They are under his feet and perched on his shoulder, they are in books, on the internet. Truth and the riches it brings surround us every day of our lives. If we don’t see them, we are poor indeed.
Horace Mann put it this way, “Keep one thing forever in view – the truth, and when you do this though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.”
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom, they are the pillars of society Ibsen
We are born to enquire after truth Montaigne
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it Emerson
To restore a commonplace truth to its first uncommon lustre you need only translate it into action Coleridge
To your success and prosperity as you seek the truth and find your freedom
Think and grow wealthy healthy and wise