Sometimes sage advice from the past rings true in the future. Never has that been more true than with the old adage: Ignorance is bliss.
In today’s world of unlimited connection, we know everything about everyone, everywhere, instantly.
What if we didn’t?
What if we unplugged and only “knew” about what we cared to know about?
The answer is simple.
Life would be a lot more blissful.
We are not saying that you should be ignorant of every negative thing in the world. That would be irresponsible. What we are focusing on is ignorance as it pertains to our personal lives . . . who and what you choose to be a part of your world and what constitutes your reality. You do have control over this.
The saying, ignorance is bliss means that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Being ignorant or oblivious to a certain fact means you have no knowledge whatsoever of that fact. It does not exist in your reality. You don’t have to deal with it. You don’t have to worry about it. It does not affect your life whatsoever. In this way, ignorance is truly a good thing. Bliss is always a good thing. It means heaven, paradise, pleasure, blessedness.
If someone starts a bad rumor about you and you never hear about it, it’s as if it didn’t exist.
No harm, no foul.
If someone posts a nasty statement about you or someone you love, and you never read it or hear about it, it never bothers you.
No harm, no foul.
If you never learn about the bad deeds of others, you feel no anger, pain or resentment.
No harm, no foul.
Being unaware of negativity is pure joy. Why then do we expose ourselves to so much negative information on a daily basis? Why do we need to know about what Person X, Y and Z are doing if they mean absolutely nothing to us personally? If they have no direct effect on our lives or our circle of friends and loved ones, why should we care what they do or say? We shouldn’t. Anyone who does not enrich our lives, should not be a part of our lives. If Person X, Y and Z are always posting, chatting, messaging and tweeting lies and negativity, we should simply stop looking. Delete, unfriend, block and flat out ignore the negativity and you will be better off.
We have offered this depression hack in many posts. All of them have the same goal. Get rid of the people/things in your life that do not bring you joy. Surround yourself with people that matter to you. Tighten your circle and keep out the riff-raff, so to speak. Life is too short to waste a single second on people that bring you down, no matter who they are.
We love the following quotes that sum up that sentiment perfectly. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
“Cutting people out of your life does not mean that you hate them, it simply means you respect yourself. Not everyone is meant to stay.”
“Life is short. Don’t waste it with negative people who don’t appreciate you. Keep them in your heart [and prayers] but keep them out of your life.”
“Make sure everyone in your ‘boat’ is rowing and not drilling holes while you’re not looking. Know your circle.”
“What you allow is what will continue.”
“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.
(Bryce Lewis) www.brycelewis.com
“This perpetual round of constrained civilities to persons quite indifferent to us, is the most provoking and tiresome thing in the world … ’Tis a most shocking and unworthy way of spending our precious and irrecoverable time.” (Fanny Burney)
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise . . . And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” (Meryl Streep)
“It’s better to be ignorant and live in bliss than know the truth and live in agony.” (Bangambiki Habyarimana)
Thomas Gray was a poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. He coined the phrase “Ignorance is bliss.”