[INFP] ignorance is bliss or destruction?

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This is a discussion on ignorance is bliss or destruction? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I know this may sound very bold, but I think most of the world is ignorant about what we think ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    ignorance is bliss or destruction?

    I know this may sound very bold, but I think most of the world is ignorant about what we think we might know. But this is expected I think due to the fact that humans aren't perfect.

    My question is, do you think being in a state of ignorance is normal? Or do you think we should strive everyday to overcome our ignorance?


    Would you say there's a certain philosophy that prevent us from becoming ignorant or not? For example like Buddhism, eliminating all thought and individuality and just accepting to become one with the universe?

    So in other words is it best to eliminate your entire mainframe to avoid making mistakes or to keep your mainframe and continue making mistakes consciously?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think the most important thing is to maintain your individuality. We are surrounded by a society which pressures its members to conform. As an individual you have the ability to make your own judgments about what is right a wrong. If you surrender your individuality for the sake of conformity, then you lose your ability to make these judgments and become part of "the crowd", which is when mob mentality and all the horrible things it entails sets in.

    Unfortunately it is human instinct to conform to a large group, so we must work hard to always be aware of our ability to surrender our better judgment in favor of the ease and complacency of conformity. So basically, one of the keys to fighting ignorance is to remain a self aware, conscious individual, capable of making your own judgments and doing what you know to be right. This is by no means easy, but it's worth it.

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    I've never really heard the phrase 'ignorance is bliss' to support not seeking to know. I've only really heard it used as almost a commentary for certain situations. The idea is that if you don't know something, it can't bother you. You can't try and counter that by chasing knowledge, because how do you know that there isn't something you don't know?

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    Bliss or destruction?
    It depends on how you look at it. Ignorance can give you temporary bliss but long term destruction.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think ignorance is bliss for some people, regardless of how destructive it is. For me, it is a constant nagging irritation - I have to try to educate myself on things I do not know, compulsively, because ignorance is something I cannot abide by, especially not in myself.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people everywhere?
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I honestly can't say.

    Ignorance to me is bliss because I don't have to waste my time with idiotic people, and I can concentrate on more important matters.

    Ignorance can also be destruction in the sense that you can fall into a deep pit all because you decide to ignore something.

    If I completely remove one or the other, I'll no longer be myself.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    absolutely, we're all ignorant in many ways - i dont fault people on this (or myself, for the most part... i'm harder on myself though ), it's simply impossible *not* to be ignorant to a large number of things, humanity simply cant learn that much in their life... and most of us are disinclined towards many particular avenues of knowledge (and there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, it's just life). in this sense, i find ignorance to be slightly endearing because it NECESSITATES us to group together and, collectively, become greater than any single part of the whole.

    however, of course, when simple ignorance goes to the level of *proud* ignorance, and a refusal to reconsider one's stances on something, that becomes... erm, difficult. and thence comes the destruction part that you mentioned.

    i've always looked at the saying "ignorance is bliss" as being only part of a fuller, more proper saying. ignorance is bliss, but ignorance is also hell. if you're *optimistically* ignorant, things look wonderful and rosy. but many people are ignorant in a pessimistic way, which sees nothing (or next-to-nothing) besides misery and cruelty and ... erm, ignorance (proud ignorance, that is). for the latter, ignorance is hell.

    i prefer to be a moderate ignoramus.


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