If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to.
– Margaret Atwood
when i first read this quote, what came to mind was ignorance is bliss. and sure, in this context, it really is—the fact none of us know the fate of the day keeps things interesting & those who would try to control it are almost unanimously thought of as the worst people on the planet.
the bliss of ignorance, though, isn’t so great when it comes to our everyday lives & the people we interact with. it’s good to know your neighbors, your community. it’s capitalism that teaches us to see one another as competitors of a lifestyle image or bank account size. we’re taught to be suspicious of who doesn’t look the same or pray the same. and in this regard, ignorance is quite harmful to a society.
so i think when it comes to the idea of knowledge in the world, there’s a certain delineation of where exactly that becomes a good or bad thing. one would hope in understanding the lives of others there would be a sense of neighborliness and not an attempt to better your own position while hurting that of another. for sure the potential of all knowledge would surely ruin any individual or group, that same knowledge as it applies to humanity is, in fact, our essence.
certainly there are many opportunities for devastation in there, for life is layers of pain & the efforts to fight through it all. but to understand moral failings, it should be seen in those who would use knowledge to manipulate systems to their benefit, while to do good would simply to be live in a state of ignorance toward ‘god’ but acceptance toward other people.