I THINK MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL KNOW THIS
A TREATISE ON IGNORANCE
"We are all ignorant in our own way." ... Merlyn
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." ... Socrates
Saint Jerome (c.342-420) ... "It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance"
Christopher Marlowe (.1564-1593) ... "There is no sin but ignorance."
Moliere (1622-1673) ... "A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one."
Johann W. Von Goethe ... Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action."
Sir William Osler (c.1849-1919) ... The greater the ignorance, the greater
Daniel Webster (New Universal Unabridged Dictionary):
Ignorance, "Lack of (or the unawareness of) knowledge, education, etc."
Ignore, (from Latin - ignorare - not knowing) "To pass over or by
without notice; to act as if one were unacquainted with; to shut the eyes to;
to leave out of account; to disregard; as to ignore facts."
It is not a coincidence the words ignore and ignorance have derived from
the same root. The strange fact is that every single human being, having the
same origin, is fundamentally aware on some level of the same basic truths.
Those who appear to be ignorant of these truths have for some reason chosen
to ignore them and pursue a course of action that produces negative results.
When enough humans collectively ignore the basic needs of successful
existence, the ultimate result is usually chaos.
For most of the recent history of the planet called Earth, the reaction to
this by those who do NOT choose to ignore the rules for living there, has been
to label the ignorers (or ignorant ones) as "evil" and often tried to eliminate
them. Since, as any good parent knows, two wrongs don't make a right, this
approach has simply increased the problem and hastened the chaos.
According to the definition, the opposite of ignorance is supposed to be
knowledge, or education. Perhaps it is a form of education to threaten someone's
life if you don't agree with them, but the system does not seem to be working
very well so far. Humankind has been engaged in almost continuous warfare
for several thousand years, and shows little sign at this date of trying a different
approach any time soon.
Having participated personally in some of those ugly wars, and also had
the opportunity to witness the long-term results, I am moved to offer a suggestion
to this generation which again has developed the ability to annihilate most of the
world's population. Many who are living on the planet at this "time" are not
aware of it, but this has already happened many times before. It is a distinct
possibility again. Thankfully, it is also possible that enough earth residents will
awaken to the fact that we are all the same, and continuous warfare is never
going to create the world we want. Millions are awakening globally as we speak.
Our point in writing this little essay is that no matter how it appears, there
are really no "evil" humans who are trying to destroy the world. The worst acts
of terror or aggression are performed by those who in their confused minds
actually believe that their world will be made better by their actions. They are
guilty only of ignorance, and the remarkable thing is that in their heart of hearts,
they all know better. They are "ignorant" because they are "ignoring" the voice
within that is telling them they are wrong. Of course, when ignorance is acted
upon, the results can be disastrous, so we collectively have an obligation to do
something about it.
Since the cure for ignorance seems to be education, from an "outside of
time and space" point of view, I would like to offer some information that might
be helpful, if acted upon.
(1) WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE?
This is not generally known, but the truth is that "homo sapiens", the
human species, appeared on earth in four different locations at approximately
the same time, and this was done for a specific reason. Humanity is basically
a noble experiment, and it was known that if only one type of human populated
earth, then eventually the inter-breeding would weaken the resulting blood-
line and cause humanity to eventually die out. To prevent this, four different
"races" having different characteristics and strengths were introduced. Humans
were endowed with free will, but it was hoped that they would see the wisdom
of cross-breeding all four types to create a "super race".
We still have these four types, but so far the experiment has produced
mixed results, They are, of course, recognizable by slightly different skin color.
The "black" race was endowed with superior physical skill, the "yellow" race
was generally given higher intellect, the "brown" race was charged with
spiritual insights others did not have, and the "white" race was to be the
organizers and leaders. In general, we have so far failed to produce the planned
super race because we insist on focusing on our differences, and the "white"
race misinterpreted their leadership gift by assuming that it somehow made them
"better". If this information became common knowledge, it could perhaps
generate more global cooperation, which is sorely needed.
(2) WHY DO HUMANS TEND TO BE SO DESTRUCTIVE?
The narrow view that the human species in general is superior to any other
life form, and therefore is more important to all of creation than any other form
has severely stunted our understanding of the universe we inhabit. We have
become so caught up in our focus on physical "reality" that we actually began
believing that we are highly developed "animals" whose job it is to fully under-
stand and take over the physical universe. It may be true that we are on the
leading edge of our own little corner of creation, and we have freedom of
expression that is not available everywhere, but like every other gift, it comes
with a corresponding responsibility. The human experiment is only one small
part of a much larger group of individual entities, some "humanoid" and some
not. What may set us apart is that we have been granted the ability to create
our own reality with NO limits. This of course means that all our decisions do
not necessarily produce a positive outcome.
The metaphorical story of Adam and Eve and the "Garden" is about this.
Having obtained the knowledge of both "good" and "evil", we literally and
voluntarily abandoned a perfect and peaceful existence (the Garden) for one
with wildly fluctuating contrasts. It is more interesting, to be sure, but more
painful at times as well. To correct the situation, we simply have to recognize
that it is our own choices that put us where we are, and start making better ones.
It's up to us to determine how long we take to do this.
(3) TWO MORE METAPHORS THAT EXPLAIN OUR SITUATION.
Speaking of metaphors, there are two examples of this form which could
help us understand who we really are, and what to do about it.
EXAMPLE A. A professional actor or actress usually performs many roles, and
the success of these activities is largely dependent on the skills and dedication
of the performer. It is important that in order to create a good performance in
any specific role, that the actor's attention is totally focused on the present
character. That is a perfect example of a human being who is really a timeless
entity experiencing one role at a time on 3-dimensional Earth. We are rarely
aware of any other roles that are being played in the past, present, or future,
since that would make concentration on the current one much more difficult
EXAMPLE B. The timeless "entity" referred to here is often referred to as a
"soul", and it is really who each of us is, while the human personality we tend
to identify with is merely one temporary expression of that soul. Each soul/entity
has many of these expressions functioning in an assortment of places and
times, not all necessarily on planet Earth. The relationship of these individual
expressions to their timeless SELF is much like that of a puppet being controlled
by a puppet-master who is not even seen by the audience during the show.
The miracle of this whole business is that somehow each puppet is given
the ability to decide what experiences it will have while the show is on. These
become an important part of the total soul experience, and in some amazing way,
actually affect the entire creation. Understanding how this works is beyond the
comprehension of most humans caught up in one of their roles, but that doesn't
mean it is not happening.
The great creative "mind", called by many names, that is busily and endlessly
creating new and more interesting universes will always be far ahead of each
of our individual expressions of it. That's the game we are playing. We are all
operating with a different level of "ignorance", and if we ever figured it all out,
the game would be over. It appears that is never going to happen.