Some of us think of ignorance as a terrible thing; shaking our jaded heads at those who seem oblivious to the world. We think “they’ll learn” and even feel a little bit of self-satisfaction when they stumble.
And yet we also secretly long for those days of innocence and even say that “ignorance is bliss.”
Well, ignorance is more than bliss; it will actually get you into places where your “intelligence” will fear to take you.
Ignorance can sometimes mean “naive” or “dumb,” but its root is “ignore.” To ignore something is quite difference than being dumb about it. "Selective ignoring" may in fact be a very smart thing after all.
The point it, there are no “rules” per se. Sure, there may be behaviors that are better than others; and we may certainly “reap what we sow” ... but we’re the ones who create the barriers... or find our way around them. Being unaware of the blockages can help you succeed (even if other’s call it “beginner’s luck”)
Knowing that the blockages are there and openly choosing to ignore them is quite another matter. There was a time when the world was flat, when people couldn't travel faster than 30 miles per hour or that human flight was impossible (let alone making it to the moon). Those who achieved it knew the challenges ahead, and chose to ignore the “impossible.”
It’s important to remember that as long as we’re in the present moment, we can only make our best guess about tomorrow. If we are afraid of it, or think something can’t be done, we won’t even try. That will insure that it doesn't happen (and often proves us “right” in our minds that it couldn't be done). Yet the truth is: we’ll never really know if we never really try.
Things to ignore:
- It “can’t be done”
- No one else ever did it
- It’s too dangerous
- It’s not worth it
- Other people will think you’re a fool
- “You’ll be sorry”
Never be fooled by a dedicated “Fool.” They might just be ignoring the impossible.