To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ignorance is bliss, still.

I 've written a blog of the same title and now I find myself writing again. I don't know exactly, I'm beginning to realize that this world is so huge that  all of it is beyond the scope of our thoughts, even imagination. I'm too small compared to the universe and so the things I know and I've known aren't that comparable to earth has to offer. I think.

The quest for knowledge is there, to be informed, to know but these things like human existence aren't permanent. Even the truth changes as it may be true at certain times but some don't last, they just do.Facts may be facts at a time but they may not be the same tomorrow.

 Then what are the things we have to know then and which we should disregard? Like nature, I think we are blessed with abundance  from food to the many things that support our daily living but then we can't have it all, why? life is short and we don't need them all. We have different desires and we don't have the same goals.

Some people have different perspectives on ther ultimate satisfaction, others have their own set of ambitions and ideals that  they work for. We can't simply judge them as we are different from one another, regardless of blood and of nationality . We are all unique at the same time we are similar to the rest and that unite us as human beings. We're lucky our mentation is perhaps better than the other creatures, though yes, we for now  I  believe,  have the best intellect among all the animals.

What's my point? We need to be informed at the same time expand our horizons for meaningful existence and so we have to cultivate our hearts and spirits for better living. I guess we are nothing without soul, without compassion, understanding and kindness. Humility has also its say, and .... common sense.

We choose to believe what accords to our personal views and at some point attitudes and dreams but it doesn't mean we have to abhor others way of thinking, it's theirs, the rest aren't the same as how one thinks. They have their own objectives, we have our respective aims.  I remember the more one improves his knowledge, the better he understands supposedly; however; it could be the other way  as the more one gets informed , the higher a person's expectations not just to himself.

Ignorance isn't a disease after all, it may cause one to fall down or one to be fine, just fine. After all, we have the power to reject what to know and not, and that is on what makes us BETTER as each of us think, would.

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