Ignorance is Bliss
Many people believe that more knowledge leads to more happiness. However, the well-known saying "Ignorance is bliss" may be more credible than people think. Many times, people are hurt by the truth. Therefore, more knowledge does not make one happier because the truth can be devastating and have a negative impact on one's life. When you are ignorant, you choose to not recognize that there is wrong in the world or that wrong is being done to you. This proverb can be clearly illustrated in Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ and the story of ‘Oedipus the King’.
In the story of ‘Oedipus the king’, it is prophesized that Oedipus would kill his father and marries his mother. If Oedipus had ...view middle of the document...
He realizes these new images in front of him are now the accepted forms of reality. Plato describes the vision of the real truth in one way to the prisoners. Thus, they do not realize that they are looking at shadows on a wall and that there is an entire world outside the cave for them to experience. If they did know this then they would be miserable knowing that they were missing out. Plato realizes how they would naturally be inclined to going back and viewing what they have always seen as a pleasant and painless acceptance of truth. For these prisoners ignorance was indeed bliss.
Both cases show the primary role of ignorance in people lives. So ignorance can be a way to avoid unnecessary pain?
In real life, those who are ignorant choose to have no idea what is going on around them. One real example, you may ask: Which are the reasons of wars? What happened in the wars? How many man, women, young children died in every single battle? Why the government hides information? When you realize these, you realize that maybe is better not to know the truth about everything. The fear of knowing a terrible truth conduct you to ignorance. In other words, do not look the unhappy reality.
As a conclusion, being ignorant can be one of the greatest gifts to have. You are always and truly happy, you have no or little troubles, and you do not worry about things you rather not know. The allegory and Oedipus showed a real problem; truth. When you are unaware of things, you block the bad and evil of the world. So, truth or ignorance? I would say happiness.