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Willful Ignorance

April 12, 2012

We go through a lot of uncertainties. There is always the chance of an odd meteor hitting the earth, an odd tremor taking the form of a violent earthquake, a mild crater giving way to massive river of fire, gusts of pleasing wind turning into ravaging storm, unexpected tsunamis and hurricanes.

In this huge uncertainty we lead a life fraught with danger... We ply on roads where vehicles run at frightening speeds, we walk under
trees whose branch might fall, our electrical equipments might give in to a catastrophic fire, phishing of online bank account might occur, a credit card transaction might leak lakhs of Rupees when we sleep and we might get fired from our jobs due to an economic downslide or even without any reason.

Inspite of these uncertainties we keep living peacefully unaware! This might be God's way of ensuring that we remain normal and sane.
In this last stanza of the famous poem, by Thomas Gray,

Yet, ah! why should they know their fate,
      Since sorrow never comes too late,
            And happiness too swiftly flies?
      Thought would destroy their Paradise.
      No more;—where ignorance is bliss,
            'Tis folly to be wise.

...he touches upon this same philosophy. Thomas Gray talks about the fleeting nature of happiness and sorrow. What he means by Ignorance is willful ignornace.

Note:
The excerpt of the poem has been retrieved from "http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Ode_on_a_Distant_Prospect_of_Eton_College&oldid=3452381"

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