Ignorance has many powerful advantages over knowledge. Typically it is simple and easy to communicate, while knowledge, by its very nature, usually tends to be nuanced and complex. Ignorance requires no evidence and no research. It can be endlessly repeated and rapidly spread. It inflames passions. Its pervasiveness wears down those who attempt to combat it. And, often, it seems so outlandish and so -- well, so ignorant -- that it tends to be dismissed and underestimated by those in a position to know better: until it begins to take hold and become a kind of orthodoxy, by which point the damage is very hard to undo.
These are the opening words of a piece written by Brian Rosenberg at The Huffington Post this past Wednesday. They were pointed at North Carolina's "New" Governor Pat McCrory and the comments he made on Bill Bennett's radio show about the direction he would like to take higher education in North Carolina. However, the paragraph above can be used in an opening salvo in many arguments.
I started a diary about ignorance four years ago on 23 January 2009. I never finished my original post, but here is my opening;
There are many kinds of ignorance but the most unforgivable is willful ignorance. Not knowing something because you have no idea about a subject is one thing, but to chose to not listen, read or watch something because it doesn't fit your idea or your picture of what you think life should be or it "offends" you is willful ignorance.Mr. Rosenberg and I are making similar points. The biggest difference is the ignorance I start off with describing is more of a passive ignorance and the ignorance that Mr. Rosenberg describes is a much more aggressive ignorance. But in both of our perspectives ignorance can have an agenda. When we encounter ignorance, no matter what the topic and we try to assist in overcoming the ignorance and our assistance and comments are ignored, ask yourself; "Why?"
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