Happy ignorance or Miserable truth?

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This is a discussion on Happy ignorance or Miserable truth? within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; so if your happy, should it matter if your happiness is built on lies? Would you rather know that your ...

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    Happy ignorance or Miserable truth?

    so if your happy, should it matter if your happiness is built on lies? Would you rather know that your lover is cheating on you or would you rather remain blissfully unaware? If you were in the matrix would you really want to take the blue pill and be subjected to the truth? What good is the truth if all it leads to is misery?


    I think I'd settle for a life full of happy little lies. If you don't know they are lies then why even care.

    I know there are situations where the truth makes you happier, this is a hypothetical one where it does not.
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    I am far too curious to accept happy ignorance. I'd take the miserable truth any day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RighteousRob View Post
    so if your happy, should it matter if your happiness is built on lies? Would you rather know that your lover is cheating on you or would you rather remain blissfully unaware? If you were in the matrix would you really want to take the blue pill and be subjected to the truth? What good is the truth if all it leads to is misery?


    I think I'd settle for a life full of happy little lies. If you don't know they are lies then why even care.

    I know there are situations where the truth makes you happier, this is a hypothetical one where it does not.
    Gosh what difficult questions! I want the pure, unadulterated, painful, TRUTH! And I've thought about that Matrix thing. I really have! I was bouncing out of the Matrix *snaps* so fast!

    What's so special about the Truth you ask?!? Ask every religion who creates a God and claims their way contains the Truth! Ask every philosopher whose ever attempted to develop a philosophy for living. Ask every child who hides under their parent's bed or spies to see what's going on behind closed doors! Knowing the truth can satisfy a major hunger within us. Remember that guy who had regret when he left the matrix?!? Yeah, he suffered from serious hindsight bias! But even he succumbed to the desire to know the truth. It's just....amazing!

    And yes, I would want to know if my man was cheating. That way I could lay it on him good! The sooner I know, the sooner i can move on.
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    I guess I'm tired of knowing when I'm being lied to, of always having my suspicions confirmed. I would much rather live in a virtual world of my own design knowing it was all fake than to sift through the bullshit people try to feed me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RighteousRob View Post
    I guess I'm tired of knowing when I'm being lied to, of always having my suspicions confirmed. I would much rather live in a virtual world of my own design knowing it was all fake than to sift through the bullshit people try to feed me.
    But then you'd only be deceiving yourself! Isn't that worse? o_O

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    so it's better if I am miserable as long as i know the truth? I don't see how that makes it any better.

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    I know this is a hypothetical situation where truth does not make you happier, but I can't answer with those restrictions because I find it hard to believe that truth could not make you happier. I would want the truth. It may not seem immediately apparent, but "happy ignorance" harms you much more than "miserable truth". Truth harms you only as long as you deny it, refuse it, run away from it. Think of the addict who steadily feeds himself those pills. It feels amazing, but each dose destroys his body, and takes with it a piece of himself that he will later have to fight with all of his strength to gain back. Even then, he will have wasted years in his happy cloud of ignorance and denial, and will wake up one day to find that even though he has finally freed himself of it, there are pieces of himself that he will not ever be able to reclaim. And he will wake up one day, because an illusion can only last so long.

    A less extreme example would be modern political deception, especially in America right now. Look how much "happy ignorance" has harmed us so far... The worst thing you can ever lose is your mind, and the ability to think for yourself. Thinking for yourself would prevent you from accepting everything at face value -- there would be no "I don't know, so I don't care". And it is not thinking for yourself in the first place that can lead you to blindly accept and cling onto an illusion. In these cases, the truth will cause so much misery because like the addict, they've already spent so long lulling themselves into false comfort and shielding themselves from anything that doesn't reinforce it. When a pinch of truth finally gets in, it is unbearable because they have never dealt with it before and don't know how to then. The higher you float, the harder your crash.

    Even then, suffering is a necessary evil. Great change always follows great pain. Suffering leads to the quest for truth, and once you have embraced and realized the truth, you can finally do something about it. If everyone were happy with everything all the time, what in the world would ever get done? In my experience, it wasn't the realization of "the truth" that caused my misery; it was the realization that no one else seemed to realize the same thing.
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    Like the first poster I'm curious. I'd not be able to live in ignorance, even if it makes me bliss. I will have to choose the Miserable Truth.
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    I don't know if I could recognize bliss without the knowledge and experience of sorrow. (Kahlil Gibran) I like the truth yet it is not always what I think it is. A person who cheats and a person who cheats and lies about it have their own problems and their own reasons for doing so. I want as much of the truth as I can tolerate because without it, I have nothing. Can we really be blissful here anyway? Even if you don't watch the news it may be on while you are in an office waiting on an appointment or someone tells about some awful news of something incomprehensible going on in the world.

    I don't know where I am going with this, I always thought I just wanted the truth - straight up and to the point.
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    I think the only way people can actually be happy is by living in ignorance. The example of the addict, at least when he's high he may be happy. the only reason it's considered taboo is because it generally effects the lives of other people. But if this were not so it would not be considered such a bad thing. For those that can live as an addict and still be successful I say that is fine. Who cares if your life is shorter if your happy? I would rather spend one year happy than a lifetime of misery.

    We all lie to ourselves almost every day, we may not realize it but we do. The world is built on lies.
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