I was driving to work this morning. There was a very interesting poll on radio about what would you rather prefer: Blissful ignorance or painful knowledge?
My first instinctive reaction was to choose ignorance. If I am not aware of something, how would I be affected, good or bad? But on a more serious thought, I think it is not that simple.
Because it is all related to another very important emotion in our lives – Happiness.
What is happiness? Is there a set definition that we can use for that word? I don’t think so. I think happiness is very subjective. What may make me happy could annoy someone else. In best terms, I can only say that happiness is a state of mind, a figment of our imagination, a matter of our perception.
Happiness can be found in little things. A cup of coffee can make you happy or a muffin or a song, a kind word but, on the contrary, sometimes even a million dollars won’t do it for you.
So, would you remain poor yet be happy or be rich but miserable?
Knowledge is power. I’ve heard that forever now. But sometimes knowledge is also painful. Backbiting colleagues, a cheating spouse, terminal illness etc. Not knowing about something can be better than knowing about it and having to deal with it. But knowing something atleast gives you can chance to make amends or rectify or change or know the truth no matter however painful it may be.
Would you rather be happy yet ignorant or be upset but aware?
My takes: Let me summarize it perfectly through a quote I read sometime back…
“I know money can’t buy happiness but I’d rather be miserable in a BMW than on a bicycle”.
And about my second question, I still stick with what Francis Bacon said a few hundred years back….
“Knowledge is power”
What do you guys think?