Ignorance is bliss. At the least that’s what we’ve all heard plenty of instances. I’m unsure any of us would mistake ignorance for a state of chic happiness…however there’s something envious about that childlike innocence of not having to pay attention to one thing, of not being accountable for some data.
I suppose it’s a type of unusual paradoxes that studying about happiness or love or vibrant residing can result in better despair and disappointment in our life. Who hasn’t, a minimum of as soon as, grow to be overwhelmed on the distance between who they’re and who they wish to be? We wish to expertise NOW the fruit of the ideas which are typically acquired slowly, with nice persistence. It’s like we wish to grow to be a live performance pianist after a only some days or perhaps weeks of practising.
C.S. Lewis describes effectively the unlucky side-effect we face when in search of to really change and develop:
This will likely sound moderately troublesome, so I’ll attempt to make it clear from my very own case. Once I come to my night prayers and attempt to reckon up the sins of the day, 9 instances out of ten the obvious one is a few sin towards charity; I’ve sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that instantly springs to my thoughts is that the provocation was so sudden and sudden; I used to be caught off my guard, I had not time to gather myself. Now which may be an extenuating circumstance as regards these explicit acts: they might clearly be worse if they’d been deliberate and premeditated.
Alternatively, absolutely what a person does when he’s taken off his guard is one of the best proof for what kind of a person he’s? Certainly what pops out earlier than the person has time to placed on a disguise is the reality? If there are rats in a cellar you might be most definitely to see them in the event you go in very immediately. However the suddenness doesn’t create the rats: it solely prevents them from hiding.
In the identical manner the suddenness of the provocation doesn’t make me an ill-tempered man; it solely exhibits me what an ill-tempered man I’m. The rats are all the time there within the cellar, however in the event you go in shouting and noisily they are going to have taken cowl earlier than you turn on the sunshine. (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity pp. 164-165.)
Changing into extra conscious and studying ideas of happiness and love sadly additionally means discovering there are rats within the cellar. You’re going to grow to be way more attentive to all of the unproductive and dysfunctional behaviors and reactions that simply appear so hard-wired…and that may be just a little daunting.
The excellent news is, whereas it might be irritating to understand simply how deep an issue goes, this newfound consciousness is highly effective. It’s this consciousness that allows you to start to deal with a destructive habits or sample with better consideration and deliberateness. It’s this particular data that allows you to lastly hunt down a treatment, to deal with the foundation of an issue as a substitute of simply the signs.
The choice could be to ignorantly insist that the one time you’ve gotten an issue is when there may be sudden provocation, so it isn’t actually an issue. However that isn’t actually another…it’s simply ignorance masquerading as bliss.
(Cool sample above by Suzanne Antonelli.)
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