Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Ignorance


We are all ignorant. I am ignorant about basic things many of which are in my own home. How do radio’s really work? How do cameras catch a specific moment in time? (Which I find fascinating but that’s for another day) and Lightbulbs, how have we managed to recreate light and control it?! These we use on a daily basis but most people don’t have a clue how they work.  Therefore we are ignorant by choice because the information is out there. It’s accessible on the same object that I am using to write this, that many use to chat on social media sites and some even rely on to make a living from. So why do we not seek to be informed? 


Ig-no-rant- (gnr-nt)

  1. Lacking Education or Knowledge
  2. Showing or arising from the lack of education or knowledge
  3. Unaware or uninformed

Is it because we ‘lack the education or knowledge’ to find out the answers? No, for many this is not the answer. Is it ‘showing or arising from the lack of education or knowledge’? Again for many no. And finally is it from being ‘unaware or uninformed’. A harder one to answer. Ignorance is by defition being unaware and uninformed but is that through choice or the lack of wanting to know. I personally believe that it is the latter.  

People don’t care. 

They sit there watching their night time TV and don’t even question how a) the subjects were caught in that moment and b) how the pretty picture is now being shown on a screen barely thicker than 2 inches. They just want to be entertained. Sadly this makes up probably 99% of the worlds ‘advanced’ population. I say advanced because the 1.7 billion people who live in poverty have far more pressing issues to think about. Surviving, feeding their children and wondering if they’ll make it through another year. Us lucky ‘first-worlders’ can not play the ‘busy mind card’. Our biggest problems range from ‘Does he/she like me?’ ‘What brand of cereal should I buy this week?’ and ‘Should I spend 30 quid on that t-shirt?’. Half of the world’s population live on less than $2.50 a day. But in my country we have no problem spending £2.50 on a coffee that we drink walking around a shopping mall with the plans to spend twenty times that. We are too comfortable. We are too ignorant.

The fact that I don’t know the ins and outs of how a light bulb works is trivial. I am ignorant on many far more important things, I know they’re out there but due to being unaware I don’t know what they are. In the last 3 months I have become more aware on what is happening on our planet that in the previous 18 years. So no doubt there is more information to shock me. There is one type of person that I cannot stand. That is those that are ignorant to the worlds problems by choice. They turn a blind eye, and as the well known saying goes ‘That which we do not know cannot hurt us’. They know it;  but they just don’t want to confront it. This can relate to my previous post Home & the Meat Industry . There are people that will refuse to watch the videos posted here as they want to be ignorant for a happy, easier life. A classic example of this ignorance is the Oxfam adverts. I used to sit watching TV at school and one of these adverts would come on. Every time it did someone would shout ‘Argh change the channel these are horrible’. Changing the channel does not make these problems go away for the people suffering. It might make your life a little easier by pretending that its no happening but it is. Its real. And it’s a huge problem.

There are two quotes which fit this post perfectly:

"The world is a dangerous place.... not just because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing" - Albert Einstein

“He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

We need to stop accepting evil. We need to stop changing our channels over and pretending that the burger we eat in McDonalds was not from a once living, breathing animal who felt pain the same way we do. 

We need to stop choosing to be ignorant.

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