Good Ignorance vs. Bad Ignorance

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”
– John Locke

The more we learn about the world in which we live, the more we tear away that which holds us back from truly experiencing life to the fullest for what it is: a gift.

What is ignorance? At first, we might think of ignorance as not knowing about something. However, there is another type of ignorance which I think is far more divisive: the ignorance of non-examination. In order to gain knowledge we must first be curious- curious like a child. We may think children ignorant of many things they have yet to learn, but I would say this type of ignorance is natural and encouraging of curiosity.

The divisive ignorance is when we have accepted and cling to our beliefs and perspectives so tightly that we refuse to even look at or examine ideas which we may feel threaten the way we have currently concluded things to be. This type of “ignorance” brings with it the underlying posture towards others that they are wrong, and we are right; rather an explorative outlook which seeks to understand points of view, even if we may still disagree with them throughout the process of learning.

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