Ignorance of the Ignorant

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lacking knowledge or information

The word ignorant gets thrown around a lot these days. Especially when some minor celebrity says something stupid, and half the world glibly starts chanting “ignorant” as the ultimate insult, while the other half blindly defends the person.

Re-read that definition of ignorant, though. Doesn’t that apply to every one of us? I can’t imagine a scenario where any person isn’t ignorant of something. The world is just too big and complex. So why do we throw around the word ignorant like it’s an insult? It’s kind of like saying “your blood is red”.

Being ignorant and doing something stupid are two completely different things. And being willfully ignorant falls into the stupid category. The great thing about ignorance is having the opportunity to learn something new. To no longer be ignorant of that ‘thing’. Learning something new, and discovering an entirely different viewpoint you never thought possible, is a pretty amazing experience. I highly recommend it.

Don’t use ignorance as an insult. Use ignorance as an opportunity to learn or teach, and make the world that tiny bit less ignorant.

In the immortal words of Ron White, “you can’t fix stupid”, but that’s a whole other story.

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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