I personally feel that I come across this quite oftenin life, though I do agree that it can't be applied to everyone. It is true that some have found bliss in knowlege of this world, but I've noticed that people who persue knowlege are more what I would say are thirsty for it, they want to know more more more. The truth isn't always something to persue or learn about. I have witnessed many that would be happier without the knowlege they have to this day. Some learn negative truths and I'm turn, feel negatively or sometimes want to change it in hopes of it becoming what it's not, positive. What then happens to those who have knowlege of this "truth" that have to live with it? We are all very human, there is very little exception.
A fish that lives in the sea with no knowlege of land is a happy fish, a living fish. If that fish were to obtain knowlege of the land, naturally he would want to go there? For curiosity or maybe because he knows how wonderful it is there. But what happens to the fish that doesn't know he can't breathe on land? Simply put, he dies. But the other choice he would have is to eternally swim the ocean with knowlege of the land but never being able to see it, would he still be a happy fish then knowing of his own significance in the world? Being unable to visit the land whilst knowing of its greatness? Would he be content eating kelp and swimming mindlessly?
We say ignorance isn't bliss because we know it's not or should not be. What about those who don't though? Children, are protected by parents and have no reason to care. Stupid/dumb people have no reason to care because they don't know how to or were not aloud to in the first place. So why wouldn't it be bliss if they can't care about anything to an extent? Of course they'd have to care about well being and surviving and what ever instinct leaves them but otherwise they are carefree and do what they want when they want. I know because I am a kid. I am protected by my parent and in many ways stupid beyond recognizable belief. I have no reason to care what happens to someone in Florida I could care less what happens to my neighbors checking account. I will continue to do so until I have direct reason not to.
When one is not exposed to difficult issues, they are more likely to have a happy life. Think back to your childhood: you didn't know about child labour, war, etc. and believed that every story has a happy ending. This outlook made for a happy person and a happy life. Imagine how much happier you would be if you knew no evil. Therefore I believe that ignorance is bliss.
Being ignorant to something allows it to be ignored and not thought about or worried and stressed over. To live ignorantly is to live peacefully unaware. Issues that you are not aware of are not issues that you have to face and therefore, they do not have any consequence on your life.
Ignorance is bliss because you cant unknow something once you have the knowledge of it. For example, when you find out something that you never wanted to know in the first place, you cant have like what brain memory loss to forget about it; it stays in your memory forever.
I think it's more a question of what bliss is. Bliss, to me, would be being completely content, with no thirst/hunger for anything more. However, to knowingly limit yourself by accepting ignorance, well, that can't really be bliss, can it? I suppose I'm on the fence in the end, but for now I support the stance of "yes" very slightly more.
Ignorance is bliss because sometimes you know something but you would rather not accept it for what it is. In that case by not completely knowing and understanding the situation you are protecting yourself from getting hurt, or bothered by it. That is where the phrase ignorance is bliss comes into play.
Before I get into argument, let me remind you that ignorance is definitely bliss, but not the best thing. Most people, when they are ignorant of a fact that hurts them, will stay very happy. Howver, being ignorant will also lead to unjustified confidence. Taking me as an example, I was in love with one girl for a long time, even to the point where I was dreaming about her. I was also sure that she liked me back, but was ignorant of the fact that she liked my best friend as well. When I found out, I was depressed, but finding out saved me from getting rejected, which makes it even worse. But the question was if ignorance is bliss, and I say it definitely is.
The arguments against ignorance being bliss aren't quite on subject. The question is simply "is ignorance bliss". Not should you want to be ignorant. Of course no one wants to be ignorant. However the meaning of Ignorance is bliss is you do not know so you do not worry. When I was living in my parents home I did not have to worry about the bills they paid them. Now that I am out of the house I have all these things that I worry about because I am no longer ignorant to the adult world. Not knowing these things were more blissful, however knowing these things help you grow.
In my opinion, ignorance can be bliss. Take your childhood for example. Ever come home drunk, get past mom and dad, and create no household drama... Your parents are happy and no problems have been created. Until they find out about your wrong doings, they can't be mad, and you can't be in trouble.
If you believe you want ignorance, then you are weak. You can't bare the burden of intelligence, or the truth. If you are unaware you become a slave. Instead of wishing you never knew, learn more about it. Come to a realization of what the problem is and how to deal with it.
If a person is intelligent, then being ignorant about life will not work. I am always questioning how life works, and people intentions. If a person is ignorant, it could hinder that person from making a better decision for themselves and family. I believe the more educated someone is the more he realizes that he does not have all the answers!
For some it may be, but not knowing is not enough for me. I like learning and asking questions. I try not to make excuses for my ignorance, especially when said ignorance can cause irrational hatred, fear, and anger. If anything, ignorance is not blissful at all. Knowing is blissful.
To the individual, yes it is. If it is about emotional thing that would destroy the person then it is good that they dont know and can continue to be in bliss. if it is about something that can help the environment, or some political thing then no, you should know what is going on.
"Knowledge is power" is a very familiar quote all of us.
I believe that ignorance is NOT bliss because if people are ignorant, They cannot think for themselves because they know nothing of their surroundings or situations (shown in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451). They accept the ideas that are fed to them even though they might be wrong because they don't know how to judge.
Also, Without knowledge, The human race cannot grow or progress if they are ignorant. People progress through the process of thinking, And without thinking, They do not progress. This can be connected to the quote "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Studies have shown that not knowing (ignorance) can sometimes be dangerous for example a man went driving on the freeway and ignored everyone around him telling him that there was a maniac driving backwards on the freeway and got hit and died so that should prove everything you need to know
If one is ignorant they are by default gullible. When someone is ignorant or misinformed it causes not only arguments but actual fights. One is more inclined to believe certain subjects if they have no prior knowledge. However, If one knows what they are talking about they can make an informed decision.
U see, it's was a perspective given by a poet in one of his poem, but not knowing this fact is called ignorance, So u can see, ignorance is not a bliss, it gives u pleasure in short term, but do more harm in long term because u have denied the truth in the first place. Those who are giving example of child, should know that we all have to grow up and face the reality which is kept hidden from us by our parents to protect us, but not knowing this will only give u anxiety later in life. "Awareness is the key", when u know that cigarette causes cancer, u might quit, but if u are jsst ignorant about it, for today's pleasure, it will give you cancer later in life. I think this should be enough for u to understand my point of view.
I am very glad to see the answer which agreed just 38% and deinal answer is 62%. I have learned japanese language for four year, and then
go to japan, I learned a lot of knowledge and know a lot of thing.
I just like a fish only know the see, when I wen to japan ,I like a fish know the thing of land. It is so grate.It is a casual. I think this problem
is very difficult。 It must use the dialectical way for discust it.
Is Ignorance really bliss in the situation like Charlie had? In this cause it is not because of the problems people face when they don't have the intelligence and have a low IQ score. Not knowing how to read and write simple words won´t get people far in life and may have low paying jobs. In the situation of Charlie Gordon he was being made fun of by what he calls his friends when really they just make fun of him and he doesn't notice it til later in the story. He also get drunk at a party that he got invited to and woke up and had bruises and a cop had brought him home.
When Charlie Gordon was intelligent he felt more excited now that he had know things and had gotten over a IQ of 200 he knew everything and was as smart as Albert Einstein. He soon come to realise that he was getting bullied by a ton of people making fun. For example if there was going to be a earthquake or a storm coming soon it can lead to disaster not when how to prepare or not even know when it is going to happen. There is a point to get across where ignorance is really bliss not it is really not that often but even them you can just create a solution to the problem you are having.
Having intelligent conversation can even be difficult if you don't know what you are talking about. Ignorance being bliss can make you happy but not full happiness you won't really know what the real is what's going on in this world