Can you believe it? It's already been half a year since we started this disgusting (in a good way. I think.) weekly tradition. I wanted to put this little note here as a kind of thanks / encouragement. (Also, I wanted to be fancy and have a forward). If you've been following Taylor and I since week 1, it would be an understatement to say that I'm grateful. Especially to those who have joined along the way, even if it was only for a couple weeks.
Writing, or any creative outlet, really, is something I wish was encouraged to be more freely done. The papers we write in school, the projects we are assigned at work, and so on and so forth limit us and coax us to produce a certain product. When it's all said and done, I think it's important to have something where you can just release everything you have. Doesn't have to be emotional or thought-provoking. I mean, just look at the past 26 posts of this blog.
But seriously, if there is one thing I want anyone to get out of this blog, even if it's just a few people, I hope that it serves as an encouragement—no matter how small—to be creative. And really, it would be nice to build a sort of community around it. Sometimes we stop being creative because we don't think anybody is seeing what we're doing. It happens. (I mean just look at the past 26 posts of this blog.)
So if you're reading this, start a blog. Create a portfolio. Buy a sketchbook. Start a journal. Learn how to knit. Whatever, seriously! Also let's be friends. Thanks!
IGNORANCE IS BLISS?
Is ignorance truly bliss? It certainly is. I'm 100% behind this statement. In fact, happiness is actually pretty simple to achieve.
Ignorance, for all intents and purposes, is lacking information. To verify the claim that ignorance is bliss, all we really have to do is think about how easy life would be if we were only required to know a certain number of things. It goes beyond that, too. How many times have you actively avoided hearing bad news?
When we think about how our lives may be different with less knowledge, one thing that might occur to us is bad news that we've heard in our past that has drastically affected the course or trajectory of our lives. Have you ever wondered, "if only s/he didn't tell me that"? Has your experience of a certain event ever been lessened or weakened if you know about what happens beforehand? On a much smaller scale, how often do we avoid spoilers of our favorite books, movies, TV shows, etc.?
Even if you're not convinced that "ignorance is bliss", I'd be willing to bet there are at least some things you wish you didn't know or hadn't been told. With all that said, ignorance allows us to simply live life to fullest without having to worry about other nuances and issues that would otherwise take up our time.
Except... life isn't really lived "to the fullest". Yes, I still do believe that ignorance is bliss, but the bliss it provides is in some ways fabricated. This kind of bliss is selfish in that it is self-contained. The purpose of this bliss is to give yourself the illusion of happiness. In the grand scheme of things, it's hard to say if this is "right", "wrong", or "OK", but I for one believe it to be "fake". Ignorance is a choice, above all else, and choosing to be uninformed for the sake of a made-up happiness just sounds like all sorts of really?
The issues is, I can't really blame anyone for choosing that sort of lifestyle. Our world is a scary one, and the tides of action are constantly shifting from one power to the next. We live in a world where the proliferation of information creates a situation where the delay of information ceases to exist. In seconds, any number of people could know what's happening on the other side of the world. In the palm of their hands. We see change happening not only on a social and political scale, but on an ecological scale, too. Being overloaded with news both good and bad, it isn't hard to see why someone would choose to remain uninformed. But for the same reasons, it can be argued that someone has to try really, really hard to be uninformed about everything. At that point, is your bliss really worth it?
I think the ability to change the world comes at the cost of personal happiness. At least, that must be something we are willing to sacrifice if we are to truly change the world, as our generation seems so ready to do. If we choose not to sacrifice our personal, temporal happiness, then what takes the hit? While we are so focused on making sure that we are happy or blissful, we turn a blind eye to a world that so desperately needs us.
So, yeah, maybe ignorance is bliss. But what does ignorance cost?