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    It has always struck me as odd that ignorance is viewed as this great sin when in very simple terms everybody is ignorant about something, and even more than that we are all ignorant of vastly more than we are knowledgable of. To my mind there is absolutely nothing wrong nor is there any shame in not knowing something, I do however think there is something very wrong in pretending you do.

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    Totally agree.
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    (Original post by limetang)
    It has always struck me as odd that ignorance is viewed as this great sin when in very simple terms everybody is ignorant about something, and even more than that we are all ignorant of vastly more than we are knowledgable of. To my mind there is absolutely nothing wrong nor is there any shame in not knowing something, I do however think there is something very wrong in pretending you do.

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    You know what they say, ignorance is bliss. :rolleyes:
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    I don't think there's anything wrong with being ignorant about a lot of things, you can't really expect someone to know everything.

    The problem is when people comment on subjects they are ignorant about with an air of 'knowing what they're talking about'.
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    Fair enough, but if people are ignorant to your matters you shouldnt make a fuss
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    Voluntary ignorance is the key issue.
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    Ignorance in itself isn't inheritly a bad thing. However, voluntary ignorance at the cost of others and the perpetuation of ignorance is.
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    Ignorance is bliss


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    well yeah.....all humans are ignorant of something..
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    (Original post by Darkphilosopher)
    Ignorance in itself isn't inheritly a bad thing. However, voluntary ignorance at the cost of others and the perpetuation of ignorance is.
    So if somebody wanted to live in peace away from everything wrong with the world as a hermit, would you force them to come back to witness how horrible life on earth really is?
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    (Original post by Evening)
    So if somebody wanted to live in peace away from everything wrong with the world as a hermit, would you force them to come back to witness how horrible life on earth really is?
    No because they're not doing anything to harm others.
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    (Original post by Evening)
    So if somebody wanted to live in peace away from everything wrong with the world as a hermit, would you force them to come back to witness how horrible life on earth really is?
    If some peaceful, thoughtful, hermit (who I am going to call a hippy although it's great when such people are encouraged to be- and genuinely feel comfortable and not 'used' being a vital part of a community) not being forced to see some community that shares little of its outlook on a regular basis counts as 'ignorance' then that form of ignorance is the correct course of action.

    It's not ignorant to avoid experiences that are more likely to be harmful to you than not. Just like choosing not to put your hand in a fire is not ignorant.

    To the hippy, it is some of the non-hippies who are the ignorant ones.

    But younger generations have made the hippy a figure of fun, a fancy dress costume, instead of the serious philosophical statement that it was.
    Ironically, the hippy originated at a time when it was needed far less than today. The 60s in Britain was an increasingly prosperous and peaceful time. It was only during the 70s and with Thatcherism that the wheels started to really fall off the the general view of socialism and, indeed, intellectualism.
    It is a massive shame that we have the most awkwardly constructed society now of individualists pretending to themselves that they're socialists!
    It was more comfortable for someone to be hippy-like in the 60s, 70s and 80s, when it had no stereotypical connotations and when there was still a strong, if fervently stereotypical, sense of moralising by many members of the public. Arguably, the hippy - never casual in their own beliefs- actually integrated better in that more formal society than in today's irony-laden, casual, cynical, often always anti-war as if that somehow makes them something of a hippy themselves, society.

    There is now far more reason for the hippy never to so called 'come back to earth' (the same earth that the hippy has always lived on as well).
 
 
 
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