Ignorance Outshines Wisdom

“I don’t suppose there ever was a time when everybody knew as little about what they were talking about as they do today.” – Will Rogers, 19 September 1933


How does ignorance come to outshine wisdom? Of course, that is not true for all of us but the percentages seem to be drifting in that direction as our recent elections showed us. The religions of 81% of Evangelicals who put Trump in office requires all their members to proclaim that the earth is only 6,000 years old. They refuse to accept any scientific knowledge that says differently. Ignorance has trumped wisdom in their religious lives and it has bled into the rest of their lives. Ignorance outshines wisdom.

Far too many people only read things that they already agree with. Wisdom is not gained by hearing the same thing over and over again. Instead, it is gained by searching out the unfamiliar, looking for new information, new ways to solve old problems. Wisdom is gained through new experiences not just constantly reliving the old ones.

But finally, maybe ignorance is outshining wisdom for too many of us because becoming wise takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of tolerance to see things differently. Whereas, ignorance is easy peasy. Just latch on to something you are told and disregard everything else about the subject at hand.

Ignorance is easy, wisdom is hard.  It might just come down to that fact.

4 thoughts on “Ignorance Outshines Wisdom

  1. Yes I agree totally….
    People have gotten very lazy in many areas of life….critical thinking, wanting to listen to other views, not following the crowd is just too much trouble. I think our technology and everything being just a sound bite on social media is partly to blame. Everyone wants it fast and easy with no thought or real effort to learn.

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  2. I don’t think you will have to worry about practicing Christians for too much longer. Only 56% of the millennial or youngers follow the tenants. Slowly, Christianity is going away. Wisdom will prevail!

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  3. Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I have been away from my computer for a while so I am just now catching up. Getting away from my technology is part of my new life plan. It is important to have some real alone time during each day.

    Technology has really exploded in the last decade. That allows some to see the world from a different perspective but at the same time allows others to fixate on their narrow view of life. I guess it is a double-edged sword in that regard.

    I think we need to draw a distinction between religion and spirituality. I as most millennials am turned off by most current versions of religion but that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in a higher spirit within each of us. “Spiritual but not religious” is the fastest growing segment in this realm. I believe that we must all think beyond ourselves if this world is to prosper. To me, that is about being my brother’s keeper as taught by Jesus.

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