Friday, July 9, 2010

"You can have my ignorance when you pry it from my cold dead mind"


The above words are from Les Visible. It's a great line.

Wherever the American dream is buried, I bet it is the epitaph on the tombstone ... or should be.


Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more, where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray

Have you ever been involved in a conversion where you try to interject a bit of information, maybe even what could be considered truth that's relevant to our lives and get the response; "I don't want to know?"

It's frustrating. Being passionate about the truth, about exposing the crimes and lies of our time often means one expects everyone else to feel that same passion. It just doesn't work that way. You preach to the choir, they shout and sing, but getting new converts to your position is a slow and difficult process. Folks hold their beliefs close to the heart and think they must in order to survive.

It's a cliche now ... "Everything I Know is Wrong" but still not a bad philosophy. I always thought it meant to never stop learning and don't believe everything you see and hear. When thrown in with the "seek and ye shall find" meme it forms the basics of a lifetime of searching. Simple but effective.

Of course, many are going to tell you that everything you know is still wrong. Just asking questions, especially the politically incorrect kind, gets you labeled as a heretic because control, manipulation and social engineering work much better if the masses sleepwalk.

Ignorance is never really bliss. No matter how ugly the truth, it still beats a pretty lie.

6 comments:

  1. A great poem, you found, Kenny.
    Ignorance - in the times of media- information overload - perhaps the latter leads to ignorance or to blunt and dull states, but Thomas Gray saw this clear then in the 18th century, what now is a mass phenomenon.
    For some time it worries me now, and come across that everywhere todays it seems. Societies are in decline, decaying. For the lost generation since 1968, of course the Fankfurt school, the Jews that dominate media and entertainment, maybe their infestation was useful to make a consumist society.
    Form the German culture that I know better, it may be some key to understand, that there is a loss of discipline, that can be learned, the loss of concentration on certain aspects like feeling, presentiment (haunch?) and these abilities.
    It used to be learned by working on the land, with nature, by doing a craft, doing work with children with idealism, what life is.
    But now in those unreal times, truth is relative, they say, all is a show, respect is earned by self-presentation on credit that turns ugly sometimes - Frankfurt School (Marcuse) is culture Bolshevism.
    regards, foofritz

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  2. I thought that was humorous myself.

    http://dublinmick.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/red-tar-in-the-gulf-from-asphalt-volcano-beneficial-to-sea-life/

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  3. ignorance is no excuseJuly 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Doomsday: How BP Gulf oil spill may have triggered an 'world-killing' event.

    http://www.helium.com/items/1882339-doomsday-how-bp-gulf-disaster-may-have-triggered-a-world-killing-event

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  4. mr kenny of the side show,I would say from the interminglings of the streams of the higher thinkings
    maybe is what is known as a top bloke,
    I have said this in my best sort of cross between al pacino and a 17th century pirate accent whilst concentrating in stupid land..neil

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