Ignoramoose

I think there’s something to be said for ignorance. If you’re reading this blog then there is a chance that you’re reading it to get more informed about my life, my thoughts, or you just enjoy reading some of the drivel that goes through my head. The inherent part of reading anything is that you do one of three things: disagree with what I’m saying, agree with what I’m saying, or take no particular stance and learn. Where knowledge about what goes on in my head goes wrong is that you realize you are just as crazy as I am or you are incredibly worried about Carmen since she chose to marry me.

It’s been quoted through the ages that ignorance is bliss, and I think that’s true. This crux of this idea is that the more you learn about the world and about yourself, the more you worry about the things you’ve learned. Let me posit this to you… when you were in high school and apathetic about politics and making money, how good was life? Pretty good, right? That’s why there is another expression that high-school is the best time of your life. You know less about life and therefore life is good. However, when you start reading about politics, economy, social status, personal finances, etc., the stuff you worried about in high school (sneakers, puppy love, prom tux or dresses) doesn’t seem to matter anymore. You begin to worry about things like your country, your future, your… whatever. When you learn more, life gets more hectic. Taking this into mind, we are confronted with a question; is knowledge inherently bad? I don’t know; it may be. Those who have the most elementary understanding of the Bible know that the world was destined from Adam and Eve to be trouble for us. In Genesis, Chapter 2, God tells mankind to eat of any tree in the garden except for one, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” I’ve thought about why this is in the scriptures. Are the followers of God supposed to be blind, dumb, oblivious to the differences of good and evil? I don’t think so. If you believe in the concept of free will and the omnipotence and omnipresence of God then we should know that God pretty much has it in mind that we’re going to go out and learn things. Maybe the story of Adam and Eve is an illustration of what to do with knowledge. The tree debacle was not the first task or choice that they were given. In chapter 2, they were already given instruction how to tend the fields, the animals, and the garden. “You can eat from any tree in the garden except one…” that “except one” immediately enters in a choice to man. God practically says, “Everything that you’ve learned so far can’t be disputed and carries with it no repercussions; you eat of that tree, there will be repercussions. I’m not telling you that there are no chances after you eat the fruit. I’m just saying, you’re life will get way more complicated.”

That’s exactly what knowledge does, though. We learn things and seek out knowledge because we feel that our life will be better. I’m getting my MBA because I think life will be better (down the road) with an MBA. The problem is this; the US is in a recession and therefore the first jobs to go are middle-management positions. Most MBA entries into the market place go for middle-management positions and therefore will be left with fewer options. Had I not chose to get an MBA, I would be perfectly content with an entry-level position, doing God knows what. Instead, I’m carrying a burden of being forced to choose between a “lesser” position that I may feel I’m too good for or a middle-management position in Nowhere, Wyoming. The truth is that yes, in the long run (once this recession evens out), I might be better off, but the short run implications of my knowledge are not helpful. Every new thing we learn carries with it, at least one negative and positive consequence. With every consequence we are offered, we get other options, and other pieces of knowledge. That’s why knowledge is a necessary evil. Knowledge makes life more complicated; if it isn’t about money, it’s about your wife or kids, it’s about your country, it’s about your community. That’s why knowledge stinks. But we can’t be content by not having it. Why? Because everything that knowledge influences are all tied together. Your money is tied to your kids, your community, your security, your country, your planet, your existence. It’s all one; it cannot be compartmentalized because THERE ARE NO TWO THINGS THAT ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. There is a little book in the back of the Bible, about 4 pages, called James.

Chapter 3 says this: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly… For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder… But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

I don’t even want an MBA after reading that.

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