Or is it?
Like most of us you have been taught that the key to success is knowledge. You’ve been taught that the pursuit of knowledge is somehow more admirable than the pursuit of ignorance. In fact, ignorance isn’t even seen as something that needs pursuing!
Ignorance has been a dirty word.
You probably went to a school where academic achievement was rewarded and ignorance punished; you’ve watched game-shows on TV where people have won because of the things they knew, while those who knew less were pitied and probably mocked behind the scenes and snubbed at the after-show party; you’ve listened with bated breath, as we all do, to the announcement of each year’s Nobel Prize winners and you’ve seen that they are always people who display intelligence and knowledge.
You’ve always “known” that knowledge is good, ignorance is bad.
YOU THINK TOO MUCH
And yet we constantly hear phrases like “You think too much”, “You’re too smart for your own good”, “Nobody likes a smartass” and “Have you seen The Man Who Knew Too Much? Good film isn’t it?”
It’s as if our sub-consciousnesses understand what we do not – that there is a time for thinking and a time for not thinking. That while there is much to be said for reflection, there is just as much to be said for deflection (of thought (i.e. – not thinking (hence deflection (of thought)))).
Just as we have always recognized the power of knowledge, we must now embrace the Power of Ignorance.