Let’s consider the word ignorance, what it means and how it affects our lives. According to one dictionary, ignorance means “the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.” It is not surprising, using this definition, that people who are considered ignorant are looked upon with scorn as uninformed.
The root word in ignorance is ignore, defined in the same dictionary as “to refrain from noticing or recognizing.” In other words, looking away or disregarding something. This implies that ignoring something is a deliberate choice.
To me, ignorance is the opposite of curiosity and open-mindedness. Why do we sometimes choose to ignore, to look away and disregard something? Is it because it is unfamiliar? Is it because we have not already learned about a new idea, so we disregard it as untrue without investigating? Do we choose to ignore subjects because they are unpopular in our society or among our friends and colleagues?
What are we missing out on when we choose to ignore unfamiliar ideas? It seems to me that choosing ignorance instead of curiosity and open-mindedness would slow down our personal development and the development of our society. Is that what we really want? A more or less permanent status quo?
I pose these questions to give food for thought. What is it in our own lives that we choose to ignore? Would it benefit us to explore new ideas with curiosity and open-mindedness? Does the prospect of exploring a new idea awaken a feeling of fear? Fear of the unknown? Fear of being judged by others or fear of exploring ideas that are not accepted or popular among our peers? Xenophobia, or the fear of new ideas, is stifling to creativity and growth.
How important is it for us that we and our society develop in a positive way? Is it important enough for us to work on ridding ourselves of those fears that limit us? Is it important enough to make an effort to explore new subjects and ideas with curiosity and open-mindedness, giving us an opportunity to accept new ideas, grow and develop throughout our lifetimes? Or would we rather stagnate, stay safe within the limits we have established for ourselves, and sometimes choose ignorance?
Perhaps we should stop thinking that ignorance applies only to others, and rather take a look at what we are choosing to ignore in our own lives. Perhaps exploring those areas can help us to embrace some new ideas instead?
These are all questions I have worked with, and this opened up a whole new life for me. It’s like walking from “hell” into a life of harmony and peace. My life was actually a bit like hell, and I share a lot of that, along with useful techniques, in my book Magical Moments.
I hope to encourage you to ask all these questions within yourself, and you will know what I mean if you do.
Article Author: Deborah Borgen is a pioneer in consciousness training and the founder and CEO of www.uniquemind.org. She is an international speaker and author of Magical Moments: Discover How to Easily Create More in Your Daily Life, a step-by step manual to gain inner peace so that world peace can be achieved. Her near-death experiences revealed to her the code for unlimited powers of the mind. Magical Moments is based on Deborah’s course that creates a paradigm shift in human evolution. Her course has been documented by research. An article in a scientific journal is currently underway that reveals a great leap within mind development.
Magical Moments: Discover How to Easily Create More in Your Daily Life by Deborah Borgen