better insure a happy marriage or relationship?
It seems almost one of those no-brainer questions, yet we all know people who won’t even listen to something that will be of importance or significance to them, preferring to live in their own personal and limited rabbit hole. And that’s where we find far too many people: those who would rather not know certain things.
It’s easy enough to understand why people don’t want to go to the doctor if they are expecting bad news. Their reasoning might be as simple (if not as childish) as, “If I don’t hear the bad news, maybe it’ll go away… or just not happen… or maybe I will get better and not have to live with that worry every day…” Surely, they can’t ignore the fact that just because they don’t know something doesn’t mean it isn’t true. What if one daily pill, a small operation, or even just a change in lifestyle might add 10 years or so to their life?
Would that not be sufficient reason for finding out “what we’d rather not know”?
And to further make a case for “knowledge,” if one wondered about all those noises he’s been hearing, or wondered what his friend meant by saying “It’s really time for your car’s check-up” (to say nothing of actually believing one had car trouble), would that person really set out on a trip and merely hope for the best? Or would one pad one’s chances of having a safe trip by getting those brakes fixed and replacing all those worn-out belts and such?
Most people don’t realize they have a life philosophy. They just go along, either hoping for the best or hoping that the worst will not happen — not realizing that they are choosing to not know what they might need to know. They are constantly choosing to not be bothered with new facts or new pieces of information that might require them to
adjust their “life philosophy.”
If someone living today chose to not learn anything about computers, there are those who could do what they need done for them on a computer, and they might not ever suffer. But if they chose to not learn about the toxins and poisons in their environment or their food supply today, and continued to eat the worst of the worst available to them, day in and day out — thanks to all the currently less-than-desirable methods of farming, fertilizing, harvesting, processing, storing and such, particularly for the world of fast-food and convenience foods — they could then thank themselves for their
likely shortened life-to-be because of their own refusal to listen or learn. And the list of what could go wrong goes on and on, and I’m only referring to one’s personal life right now, as opposed to the state of the bigger picture… the things going wrong with the world at large.
Again, it is so understandable that one chooses to just turn off the news. If one honestly answered the question, “What would you prefer? To fill your day with happy and uplifting things, or to fill it with depressing, worrisome, and even fearful things?” we could guess what the answer would be. However, if I worded the question this way: “Which would you prefer? To be aware of what’s going on in the world to enable you to take measures to be prepared for any contingency to
the extent possible, from impending weather disasters, to riots in your city, to what to look out for regarding possible new health threats or scams to take your money or worse, as well as to learn of new discoveries or inventions that might surprise you? or to be oblivious to the world around you, from your own neighborhood to your world?” would your answer take a little more consideration before you answered?
Ignorance is bliss for those who are also ignorant of all that is available to the human being for his education, his edification, his quality of life, and even his entertainment. And the more one knows — about certain things or about anything — the more one can teach and uplift others.
It behooves a mother, for example, to know the best way to teach and raise one’s children. It is also vitally important for mothers to understand childhood diseases and possible things that could go wrong and what to do about them. Ignorance is not bliss when all it would take is a little knowledge to save a life.
While I do not advocate a steady diet of the latest ISIS threat or activity, I do advocate getting to understand what makes those radical Islamic terrorists different from others who practice the religion of Islam. I do advocate understanding what is behind a country’s political policy since we are a country with a policy and need to know
if it’s heading in the right direction and how other countries might perceive us. And while I do not advocate keeping the TV on during all the various riots and in-your-face trials of the latest celebrity murderer, I do advocate understanding what leads a person or a group of people to a mindset of mob mentality, and I always hope that justice will prevail, notwithstanding who did what. Inquiring minds want to know.
Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at email@example.com.