Is ignorance bliss?
The more I know the more I want to know.
The more I want to know the more I know that I don’t know.
Yea, neither do I.
I took a survey recently and one of the questions was “ I don’t know.” Choose 1 for strongly agree to 10 strongly disagree. Even surveys are asking us about not knowing or whether we think we know or not?
The origins of the universe ?
The what, why, when, where, or how of anything?
For someone with a lightening fast mind (although slower than it used to be but still sometimes annoyingly fast) I seem to carry so much information from, well, life.
Often I feel that old information has to leave my brain before new information can enter it.
That being said, In this day and age I AM feeling ignorance is bliss on a multitude of levels.
The more I know the more I DON'T want to know in regards to an increasing number of issues.
We are bombarded with information.
On limitless topics.
Some topics are quite controversial, anxiety provoking and frustrating.
Some are just plain annoying and irritating.
Do we need to pick and choose what we know for peace of mind?
Is it possible?
"I don’t know" is a vulnerable statement.
There are people who avoid it like the plague.
They would rather "fake it to make it" instead of admitting they don’t know something.
Isn’t that what “on the job training” is all about (she said slightly sarcastically)?
I’ll admit in my life I fudged my qualifications twice to get a job.
One job I had to type and I didn’t really type, only “hunt and peck”, BUT I said I typed.
On a Friday I interviewed for a job. I was offered the position on the spot. I spent the entire weekend feverishly teaching myself how to type.
Luckily, typing wasn’t the end all and be all to the job.
When I arrived bright and early Monday morning I COULD TYPE!
I figured how hard could it be to self-administer a crash course in typing? After all I took typing class in high school and I typed my college papers.
In the end, it wasn’t that hard to do and no one was the wiser.
Does “I don’t know” make anyone a lesser person?
Perhaps in a job interview - if the skill is crucial - but in the grand scheme of things it’s not a reflection of who a person is.
(Unless life is a litany of I don’t knows. Then it's important to do a some self-examination.)
Is most of life on a “need to know” basis?
Certainly we need to know a great deal of things to survive and thrive.
HOWEVER, when is too much information too much information?
When does the bombardment of knowing adversely affect our daily lives, and our mental, emotional and psychological health?
From my vantage point - quite often.
Media keeps us in a constant state of anxiety and information overload 24/7.
Plus, it’s not the life-altering info; it’s the inane, the repetitive and the down-right useless.
Honestly, I don’t need to know who is dating whom, driving what, earning what, or saying what.
They went where? With who?
Cheated, lied, stole, wrecked?
Went to rehab, divorced, married???
Do I really need to go on?
I find it quizzical that there is so much obsession with people we don't know, never met, worked with, dated, or have as a friend or family member.
Why, oh, why do I need to know any of this and why, oh, why is it a top news story?
I'm still doing my best to decipher how we are going to feed and clothe everyone - not just in my country but in the world?
Then there is the proverbial political blitzkrieg on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the 24 hour news.
We get no relief, no respite, and have little recourse other than to turn everything off and shelter ourselves from too much information.
In the meantime, let’s examine “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”
My take on that phrase?
It says: "I'm secure enough to tell you I don’t know and helpful enough to find out for you."
Can one possibly know everything about their job, business or position?
Can one possibly know EVERYTHING about ANYTHING?
I doubt it.
Even the smallest businesses have unexpected circumstances crop up.
There is a delicate dance between "I don’t want to know", "I don't
know" and "I don't know, but I’ll find out."
When is “I don’t want to know” self-preservation?
When is “I don’t know” vulnerability or just plain lack of information?
When is "I don't know, but I’ll find out” healthy, elucidating and educational?
The answers are very individual and unique.
The only answer I have to all of those questions is:
"I don’t know....
...but I'll find out."
I'll do my BEST to find out, even though some "I don't knows" are just not meant to be known...
...no matter how hard we try to get "the answer".
As always, thanks for reading.
See you again next week.
KaZ has been in many facets of entertainment, plus the co-owner of two restaurants, a fitness center, a television production company and the owner of a cinema. She did a stint in politics, and in veterinary medicine, She now focuses on writing.
In addition to the above, KaZ is an award-winning vocalist, a former dancer, stunt actor, circus artist, & professional water skier. She has worked as a theater artistic director & writer.
KaZ has been a published writer in magazines & books since the age of 15. She has written plays that have been produced in New York, Florida & New Orleans. She has a featured chapter in the book How To Survive A Move. (Up-to-date she has moved 45 times!) She wrote an article for Organic Wine Journal, and also wrote an article featured at the Ground Zero Memorial.
KaZ co-wrote 2 television informational series & 3 television pilots. One of the pilots, a sit-com, was produced as a reality pilot. KaZ has revisited it and it's now a one season cable series.
“(And ) Then This Happened.” based on life, love, and everything in between in the mid-life years. Loosely based on her life and the life of two of her best girlfriends.
KaZ's many high pressure pursuits led her to meditation.
She began studying meditation in '91. Her initial training focused on Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and his teachers. She is a certified Master Meditation and Qigong Instructor, having taught
throughout California, Florida, New York & British Columbia, Canada and online worldwide.
Most recently KaZ taught in a juvenile justice facility, and lectured on mental health in juvenile justice.
With writing being her first love, look for KaZ's upcoming children's books:
from the tales of two grandmothers.
Plus, a play based on letters from her two great uncles during the Second World War.