Knowledge is defined as facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Although knowledge is stated as a positive input, increasing knowledge must be taken in at moderate speed and mass for the human mind to healthily compute it. As paradoxical as it may seem, I believe that ignorance is a key element in how we learn things, when we learn them, and why. In recently reading the novel “1984”, written by George Orwell, my attention was instantly caught when the fictional dystopia showcased slogans saying “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”.
Coinciding with my belief of ignorance playing a great part in our maintainable amount of knowledge, the fascist leader found power in limiting the knowledge of the people, and holding overall management over them. Knowledge is power, and as history has proven to repeat itself, I am confident in saying that power corrupts; therefore, knowledge corrupts. The very truth our human nature craves is what could be bringing us to our insanity. Although ignorance has been granted a negative stigma, people who value knowledge enough to accept and carry on the negative thoughts on ignorance should be those who examine what it truly is. Looking into Satanism, I found that it follows the beliefs of knowledge opposed to the enlightenment and total devotion to a God. More or less, you are meant to become your own God, and
show the gratitude of your empowerment to the beloved Satan. Encouraging the power of free-will and individuality, Satanism is true to the ideology that “truth will set men free”, and that “prayers are to men that dolls are to children”. The raw and authentic religion takes away the comfort in after-life, and gifts the power in today. Ironically, ignorance and Satanism are both associated with various negative ideologies, yet contradict one another. A question I ask myself is if the knowledge we are meant to achieve is specific to certain information, giving the knowledge Satanism provokes its negative aura. If so, why has ignorance become a symbol of an unintelligent and inhumane mindset? Studying Buddhism, I realized that it shares many similarities with Satanism. Even with Buddha’s joyful image versus Satan’s supposedly “evil” visual, these two religions were quite easy to compare. Both encouraging self-enlightenment, Buddhism promotes an idea of happiness with balance. Yin Yang, symbolizing complete balance, relates to my idea of ignorance being a part of how we ingest knowledge. Of course, I’m not advising willful ignorance; I’m simply clarifying our unknowing ignorance is a contributor to the evolution people and their nature. When discussing with various peers about the topic of ignorance, they described ignorance as a lack of integrity, and a detrimental borderline separating civilized versus uncivilized. We cannot be so arrogant to believe that we are perfect people living in an intellectual utopia. It’s in human nature to aspire to greatness, inevitably contributing to a denial of ignorance. But may I say, we are more ignorant than we think. The acceptance of ignorance gives us better opportunity to have advancement in our knowledge. I conclude with saying that without ignorance, there would be no existing counterpart that is intelligence. As William Shakespeare was quoted to say, “There is nothing good, nor bad, but thinking makes it so”. Although ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge, there is always a beginning before an end. In the lifecycle of knowledge, ignorance is key.