Ignorance is Bliss
Listeners, take my hand and come, I say, let us walk down the memory lane. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magical people. When I was just a child, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw everything not how it was, but how it could be. I was born with whirlwinds raging inside me, I was born able to talk to the sun, I was born able to sing to birds. You probably were too, you just don't recall it. See, we all start out knowing magic…. Until we have it ‘educated’ out of us. We get it washed out, combed out and spanked out. We get put on the road of knowledge. Told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to ‘grow up, for God’s sake!’ We get further and further away from our magical little world and are shouldered with burdens of reality until we have lost all sight not only of our childhood ignorance but our happiness too.
Children are the absolute embodiment of ignorance but is it not true that ignorance, that childhood is a much desired stage by all those who have grown out of it? It is because deep down, we all know that ignorance is indeed, bliss. The renowned John Lennon once stated,
Living is easy with eyes closed
Isn’t that what ignorance brings? Blindness? It is the blindfold tied to our brain. Those who are ignorant know not the distress knowledge causes nor are they familiar with the cruelty of the world and what they don’t know can’t hurt them. Whereas knowledge is not bliss, knowledge is power; the power to see, the power to bless, the power to curse and the power to depress. And curse it does is what the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would say, whose death angel came down upon them, tied to a parachute, taking the form of a nuclear bomb; spiraling and swirling in an elegant dance, and swearing a curse to latch itself on the backs of babies that were and are yet to be born. A nuclear bomb. Ha! Exactly how much happiness has that brought? None! But Ignorance! That’s what bliss is! And so, I ask you, is there an intelligence threshold we must reach in order to be happy?! Must we rely only on education to lead a happy life!? No! Absolutely not!
Truth is like salt. Men want to taste a little but too much makes everyone sick - Joe Abercrombie
I mean, think about it. A person who is afraid of ghosts might be better off not knowing that somebody died in the house he is currently living in. Or say a child who believes dearly in Santa and the Tooth fairy would be gutted to be told…’ Kid grow up, there ain’t no Santa where you’re living’.
Anyway now, moving on.
let us sleep and let not our sleep be cursed with troubling dreams. So let me remain in the dark and let not the light reveal its horrors to me. So leave me asleep, asleep in the dark.
And on this note, I rest my case.