Ignorance is bliss ,” they say.
But they also say, “Forewarned is fore armed.”
So who do we believe?
What do we do?
The statement “Ignorance is bliss, or is it?’ is a complete mirror image of the question, ” Is t is better to know or is it better to not know
This debate of whether knowledge/prior knowledge is useful or not is probably as old as language itself.
We could turn ourselves blue in the face arguing in support of eiteer side of the proverbial coin. But we will be forced to realise that this is one of those trick questions that has no right answer.
Fore warned is fore armed:
In some situations it is better to know :
Suppose you are to be informally interviewed for a promotion. There is no date or announcement but your immediate superiour has been kind enough to tip you off.
You therefore have time collect your documents as well as your thoughts. In this situation it is better to know.
Another scenario, a grim one: a loved one has cancer that is terminal. Is it better for terminally ill patients to know or not know?
This is a contentious issue, even though current medical opinion is to keep the patient informed. This allows him to tie up any loose ends in his life.
But is this “closure” worth the dread of death constantly hanging over him like the sword of Damocles? Quite frankly, I am undecided.
Ignorance is bliss in some situations:
If someone says something mean or nasty about me behind my back, I would prefer to not know.
Sometimes, a calamity could have happened but you are saved in the nick of time. Maybe you were destined to be on a plane that crashed; for some reason you did not catch that flight and were saved. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not know about the disaster I escaped.
“Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”
Like all questions of philosophy, the answer to this is variable. It varies with circumstances and with people.
Like I said before:
It is a trick question; there is no right answer,but that would also mean that no answers are wrong.
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