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Ignorance is Bliss
June 21, 2014|Short Story

Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is Bliss

It’s hard to argue with a statement like “Ignorance is Bliss” but we need to understand its meaning before we start try to pursuit it. Then again why will someone like to chase the impossible, if that was the case then blessed are only those fortunate to know nothing. Can we know this so-called ignorant enjoy or even take advantage of the given blessing.

A clear starting point is bliss definition which is nothing more than reaching a state of perfect happiness, typically to be oblivious of everything else. Therefore one must meet such state through a series to accomplishments and deeds instead of receiving it at birth. Once we have cleared the misunderstanding around achieving bliss, we are left with ignorance. Most could say that a lack of knowledge or information cannot be obtained by acquiring knowledge and information but I disagree. A great philosopher once said “I only know that I know nothing”, was he talking about achieving ignorance after years of study and research. Many years of hard work lead this great thinker to realize he lives within an unobtainable and infinite amount of knowledge. We should ask ourselves how long did it take him to reach such state.

There are many scripts stating the mysteries of a powerful beings able to fulfill your needs and desires; it seem that a being of such size doesn’t need help of humans like you and me to connect with you. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that a person offering the accomplishments of years of dedicated work in exchange of loyalty to their cult; its as real as laying at home doing nothing your entire life and achieve bliss.

The main problem of taking life on your hands is distinguish wrong from right; society has created a large rule to measure us, sadly most of us can’t fit their standards. Outcast creators following a different path and trying to keep it parallel to society’s; this self motivated people who have their work labeled as wrong. Society has created unnecessary fields of work to include the outcast before a revolution could be achieved; now we have marketing and design related careers forcing creators to deliver a form of art, unclassifiable as such.

Those driven by accomplishments, but have you thought about them lately, are they really yours? The power media has over us has influenced our desires and needs; products and services that aren’t necessary had turned crucial. We work at jobs we don’t like to buy stuff we don’t need and this is how society creates the path we should follow; only left with living this miserably lives and blaming external cause when the solution is at our grasp.

Shall we go after this so-called “bliss?? A strange idea for most yet a part of me, maybe the spirit of that powerful being who places thoughts into my head and guides me is trying to tell you something through my words. There is an incredible reward for those strong of character willing to follow with all of their strength their road, your path.

There was a time when ignorance wasn’t a skill I possessed. There was a time when I wasn’t happy. Entitled of committing mistakes along the way, while we walk blindfolded through life; following a difficult path is not necessary the best road to reach desired outcome. Some of us take years of work to realize bliss and ignorance’s simplicity. Socrates was a great guide along the path but the lack of information lead me to misunderstand and chase a life not designed for me. Years of research lead me to the question: why can’t one become ignorant and happy? And finally understood; ignorance can only be achieved after years of hard work and study. This idea is hard to grasp but as you get into a life of where your path leads the way, you enjoy every day.

Ignorance, the state of mind where you understand acquire all knowledge is impossible. Once you reach such state there is no need to follow society’s path, as your understanding of happiness can only be achieved by following your own path. Before reaching ignorance one must look within for that set of skills and abilities you enjoy using and developing; when you find such given talents and used them daily your surrounds blur. You start to lose interest in the unneeded luxuries and let go of everything holding you back from developing your capacities. Years of work on a field with no other reward but your own satisfaction will lead you to meet ignorance. Ignorance lets you enjoying life and develop those skill which guide your path; nothing more than following you, instead of following dreams.

Many of us have follow dreams, not sure how they are or how where them implanted in your head, we stress, losing hair, get old and stop enjoying life’s simple things. I used to dream about enjoying life, someday, when I deserve it. It was a foreign idea to work toward happiness; I used to envy the “ignorant” living at the jungles, mountains, fields and beaches who didn’t know any better. Now I know better, after living in many countries and places, finally found my perfect place with a fresh food market four hundred feet from home, a pool at three hundred feet and a small town where there’s no need for a car. I found a place where I can do what I love every day of the week; a place that doesn’t need vacations because I live doing what I do.

I know this life is not for you but I hope I this article can help you find yours.

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Sebastián Iturralde

Un ciudadano más de este bello planeta, eterno amante de la creación artística y las letras; con la certeza de que la energía creativa proviene de la Pachamama.

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I know it has been too long since my last english post, but reading spanish short stories is a great way to practice.