thefreedictionary.com defines ignorance as ‘The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed’ As the children of the information age, it’s pretty bloody difficult to be all three. Yet some of us inevitably are. And mostly it has one root cause. Plain stupidity.
This may well be the understatement of the decade, but war habitually brings out the arsehole in people. I am not talking about the people out on the killing fields, instead I am talking about those sitting home behind their computer screens that like to frequently enlighten the masses by sharing their opinion on which side holds the moral high ground. It both amuses me and infuriates as me as I can not think of a better way to demonstrate how fucking stupid a person can be. A war involves two groups firing bullets and projectiles in an effort to kill each other. In a sense it is legislated murder. Murder is in all cultures, the most abhorrent sin you can commit. Any set of circumstances which involves a human trying to murder another human is devoid of moral high ground. There is no right side.
Another example, which I have also touched upon in my post entitled ‘Ignorami’, is the belief in objective reporting. It does not exist in the journalistic stratosphere. It also affects business and scientific reports, product and film reviews and even your friends opinions about you. It is only possible to be truly objective about an issue if you really don’t care about it. The reality is that we only accept this when it suits us.
So many of the problems which our civilisation has faced have been brought about by one idiotic idea, absolute truth. The idea that there is only one truth out there which is correct. One God, one explanation, one reality. The fact is that our belief in an absolute truth frequently exposes us as lunatics. Truth is only ever subjective, truth is only formed following an assessment of what you know, and you never know everything about anything.
In essence what I am trying to say to you is that in my opinion, one of the greatest causes of ignorance is a lack of common sense. I am nor better educated, more aware or better informed than the vast majority of the people on this planet. Nor am I completely objective, nor am I writing the absolute truth. After all, I have an agenda. I want every person on the planet to think more.