Envy Is Ignorance
...Is Ignorance“Envy is Ignorance.” Plan * Envy is a strong emotion. Ill feelings towards someone. * Everyone experiences envy, when we see people with something we want or at a place in society where we wish we were. * Ignorance is the lack of knowledge about something that is commonly known. * Emerson is saying that when you ‘envy’ someone- or harbor ill feelings towards them-for their success or possessions, you lack common knowledge. * Envy is truly ignorance. * When you envy someone you are ignorant of your blessings. * When you desire to be like someone else you are denying your own potential * We are our own self and we must work hard to bring about our own qualities instead of coveting another’s. Essay- Draft Envy is harboring ill feelings towards someone because of their success or possessions. Most of us experience envy in our lives. We covet the success and possessions of others and secretly wish for their downfall. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge about something that is commonly known. We are known as being ignorant if we lack basic computer skills or can’t work a phone. Ignorance is a word often associated with envy. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “Envy is Ignorance”. What he means is that when you envy someone-or harbor ill feelings towards them -for their success or possessions- you lack common knowledge. You are ignorant because you ignore the fact that the other person has worked hard to get where they are. With the...
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...Okay let's just start with ignorance. There are endless examples of ignorance at work. I could single out every type in the book. But I'll simply focus on two. For one, there's racial ignorance. I know you've heard it a million times before. The line "A man should be judged not by the color of his skin but by the actions of his heart." Never seems to get old. But in all fairness, that quote holds a great truth. Think about it. There's always that racist uncle that makes everybody uncomfortable when he gets on the subject of 'those damn niggers'. Even that sentence causes uncomfortability. Am I right? So, if there's a guilty feeling every time someone let's out a racist comment... don't you think that should tell you something? Think real hard and if you can't think of what that could be I'll let you know: Racism is wrong. Flat out. You know, I've met black people who don't do drugs, and Mexicans who actually work for a decent salary. Is that shocking? If so, you probably have racial stereotyping to blame. That's just one kind of ignorance that, quite frankly, we've all heard about a million times over. So, I'll drop the sermon and move on. Who's heard of religious ignorance? (Hands go up all around.) This is just one thing we all need to do our homework on. Okay. Because people always tend to jump to conclusions about every religion out there. I'm sure you think all Buddhists are bald Asians right? (Buzzer rings.) Wrong! I know a half Caucasian, half Mexican Buddhist. Not...
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Power of Ignorance
...-The Power of Ignorance- An argument on whether we should build the third runway Aviation industry, for the sake of urban development, undoubtedly holds the key of prosperity. Hong Kong International Airport is an irreplaceable facility contributing a potential net worth of more than HK$80 billion dollars a year with its working capacity to serve 50.9 million passengers with 4.1 million tons of cargo per day according to the Airport authority financial report (2012, p.4), has gained a well-known reputation over the globe. The expansion of the Airport is recently proposed as a must because of the ever-increasing popularity and frequent flows of passengers. However, such a large-scale construction is never a simple calculation with simply subtracting construction costs from the projected revenues. We should take environmental and social costs into account. There is indeed another ideal solution, which costs us less in sacrificing various aspects- the cooperation with Macau government. To open up another runway or cooperate with our long-lasting partner is the critical issue that I am going to discuss respective pros and cons attached. With strong emphasis on the correlation between the expansion of the Airport and Hong Kong economic development by the supporters, it appears that constructing the third runway has no ground to object. The lecture held by Mr. Howard Eng Kiu-chor, the Executive Director of the Airport Operation further convinced Hong Kong citizens to vote......
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Veil of Ignorance
...The Veil of Ignorance The concept of justice is one that most people understand, but it is difficult to define. John Rawls give his take on its true meaning in his work, “A Theory of Justice”. In an attempt to explain what justice really is, Rawls uses what he calls a ‘veil of ignorance’. The function of the veil is to make it so that all members of a just society have no knowledge of their own identity, allowing true fairness and equality. Although the veil of ignorance is central to Rawls theory of justice, I believe that it is unrealistic and cannot be applied to real life. Under the veil of ignorance, Rawls thinks that all members of a society would agree to laws that are completely fair. If no one knows their wealth, class, or abilities, then each member would agree to the same rules. He states, “They do not know how the various alternatives will affect their particular case and they are obliged to evaluate principles solely on the basis of general consideration.”(Rawls 118) The veil is a completely hypothetical concept that Rawls uses to explain what justice means. I do agree that under this veil, the laws agreed upon would allow each person the same advantages or disadvantages. However, this veil of ignorance cannot be applied to reality because no such situation has ever existed. Each person has characteristics that cannot be taken away, so each person has a unique identity. No matter how fair a group of individuals tries to be, they will each work to benefit......
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Ignorance Is Not Bliss
...Ignorance is Not Bliss Cathedral, written by Raymond Carver, is a short fiction essay with the narrator as the real protagonist that goes through a significant transformation. The author’s choice of point of view as well as, the theme and symbolism shown in Cathedral provide evidence to support the protagonist’s epiphany of overcoming his own prejudices. An important theme includes ignorance and understanding and the main symbol of the story is the cathedral itself. These components of the story are important in bringing out the narrator’s epiphany, where he comes to accept people for how they are and realize that he is not superior to someone who has an impairment. Carver chose first person as the point of view for this story. First person narrators are characters who tell the story from the perspective of “I” or “We”. This point of view gives the reader a chance to experience the story how the narrator sees and understands the world. In Cathedral, our narrator speaks in short, chopped sentences in the beginning. This shows the reader that he is lacking self-awareness, arrogant, and/or insecure. The narrator only sees Robert as a blind man, from the start. Throughout the story as the narrator gets to know Robert better, he becomes more descriptive with his sentences and his structure is not as choppy. This is important in showing his change of traits. This demonstrates to the readers that the narrator grows from ignorant to more open-minded and accepting, especially of...
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Ignorance Is Sometimes Bliss
...Paulo Gabriel L. Esguerra English IV 02/16/2014 “Ignorance is Sometimes Bliss” “Ignorance is Bliss”, the advice most people give when a person is facing a problem. When life gets tough and unyielding, it is better to ignore the problem. Why do you need to stress out over something that does not concern or benefit you in anyway? Why would you even want to care? That statement brings this sort of mentality to society and is the cause for many of the pain and sufferings in this world. Do you think that hunger and poverty would exist if everyone cared? Are the suffering not humans too that we can afford to turn a blind eye to what’s already in front of us? There are many ways to fix a problem; believe it or not, ignorance actually makes the situation worse. The problem will always exist if it hadn’t been dealt with, the question is if you will have the courage to face it. Courage isn’t the solution to everything. One may be the bravest soul around but may also be the most idiotic. The best way to face a problem is to “know thy enemy.” This method takes careful planning and extensive study on the subject though the results will be to your favour. Always remember the saying, “knowledge is power”; the more one is knowledgeable on the subject, the more opportunities present themselves and it will just come down to deciding the best course of action. A knowledgeable person will face a problem by exploiting its weaknesses and striking while the iron is hot.......
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...n our world today, ignorance is a fluent trait in our population. People live through their lives in an ignorant bliss because they do not take time to look into reasoning beyond a normal perspective. Ignorance doesn’t necessarily refer to one’s knowledge in an academic sense but more so is one’s understanding of our surroundings and the world. It cannot be seen with a blind eye, but when looked at on a large scale, our population’s ignorance from our entertainment, inaccurate beliefs, and media will be the downfall of our misunderstood world. Ignorance often defines and influences our morals and social dramatic instances. We let our ego control our actions by only doing things if will be amusing or influential to our piers. This kind of thinking causes us to avoid seeing as things as they really are, instead we just agree with the majority’s view. The reason we think in this sense is because of our fear of the unknown. It is a fear that is not necessarily scary and normally we don’t even realize its existence, but when our ignorance begins to fade, we see how corrupt and self-centered our world is becoming. Ignorance mainly grows from our media that often solely influences our minds. For example, what we consider entertainment is drama, comedy, and reality shows on television. The drama people see usually effects how they think and how they look at others, though most people never take time to realize that all television drama is staged and made out to be......
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Ignorance Is Bliss
...Grace Reynolds Hum 2210 Pennington Scholar Group 2 Journal Essay #4 Ignorance Is Bliss The fact that many Americans believe that Muslims and the Arab world are ignorant speaks more to our lack of understanding of other cultures inside and outside of America than it does the merits or accomplishments of those cultures. History has shown that the Islamic culture and Arab world is anything but ignorant. The quest for a new Islamic world began in the early 7th century and was a militarily and societal effort to spread the religion and culture of Islam. Invading Islamic armies found once powerful, but now depleted and war weary empires ripe for the sacking; utilizing both land and sea assaults to conquer port and city targets. Within 100 years of the fall of Mecca, Islam had spread across much of the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, sparking the Golden Age of Islam. Islamic society in newly conquered lands was advanced by creating city centers that helped build a sense of community for its citizens. Mosques were built and used as social, economic, and educational gathering places. Also functioning as governmental and administrative faculties, mosques literally served all aspects of daily life. This virtually insured the religion influenced all who interacted within the mosque community. Later, teaching colleges called Madrasas were attached to the mosques in order to teach the Qur’an as well as other disciplines, including mathematics and the......
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Ignorance Is Bliss
...Gokulnath Govindan Dr. Aratrika Das ENG 104 August 26, Tuesday 2014 What implication does denial have in our understanding of the world? “Ignorance is Bliss!!” In this chapter “Silencing”, from his book, A Language Older Than Words, Derrick Jensen seeks to understand the barbarity that humans inflict upon each other as well as the world in which they live. He fails to understand the fact that “if our behaviour is not making us happy, why do we act this way“ (15)? Jensen uses the help of terms such as Denial and Silencing in order to answer this question. We can safely interpret from the essay that in this particular context, silencing and denial coexist and more often act as synonyms. Therefore, the fact that denial is not explicitly mentioned in Jensen’s essay does not mean that he is ignoring it. Although we shall be looking at what denial is and how understanding it helps the author in answering his central question, the primary aim of this paper is to look at the implications denial has in our understanding of the world. This is so because if there were no implications of denial, other questions of what it is or why it occurs could be rendered completely pointless. According to Oxford English Dictionary, Denial is defined as “asserting (of anything ) to be untrue or untenable”. Jensen talks of three forms of denial in his essay. The first form mentioned is self-denial or in this context, the victim’s denial. Jensen’s own experience with......
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Ignorance Is Bliss
...Iraaj Majumdar 4576366 Question 3 : Ignorance is Bliss “Ignorance is bliss” was first put into a phrase by Thomas Gray in is ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College. When considering this, to me the key thing to understand is perception. “Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. If we are to say that ignorance is bliss, then we are saying that knowledge is sadness. Turing and Russell, noted logicians, would say that of course ignorance is bliss. When we are unaware of the things that could make us unhappy, we are in a state of happiness. But is that to say we were happier? Ignorance is plainly then just ignorance. It is only through knowledge that we can understand that we were happier when we didn’t know. We do not know what we are ignorant of until we discover the truth. To the example at hand; Cypher would be neither happier nor unhappier being back in the matrix. The only way he would know that he was blissful would be by comparison, making this idea in itself a paradox. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but the thoughts about it. Beware of the thoughts you are thinking” – Eckhart Tolle. Tolle’s view supports the idea that it is the knowledge that makes us understand whether or not we are happy. The idea that thinking is what makes us happy goes all the way back to Descartes, in a way. If the only thing we are sure about are our thoughts, then we are the masters of our own ignorance and our own bliss. Having a Socratic......
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...IGNORANCE IS POWER: this means that if people, the population aren’t aware of what the government’s purposes in the things they do, the better off the people are. Also the better and more affective the governments control over the population will be. “There have been three types of people in the world, the high, the middle and the low. They have been subdivided in many ways; they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude toward one another, have had varied from age to age; but the essential structure of society has never altered” (pg.184). Emmanuel Goldstein wrote this in the theory and practice of oligarchical collection. In our society today we also have the three types of people relating to this quote. In the book there is the inner, outer party and the proles. They do what the government says; go by what they are told to do. In our society we have the upper, middle and lower class. No matter what class you are in, you know as much as any other person in the population about the government does. WAR IS PEACE: this means that in order to achieve peace you need to be at war. There is more peace within a nation that is at war with an outside enemy. War is the only way and continuing way to receive peace. Nations at war begin to feel more together and more loyal towards the government. Also so that the stability of the country stays. Countries start making allies to achieve more and gain more resources from war.......
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The Perception of Ignorance
...Perception of Ignorance When it comes to culture and identity ignorance can play an important role between success and failure. The stories below will provide examples of how our ignorance as a society can determine how we perceive others as well as how we are perceived by others. Sonny’s Blues Sonny’s Blues is a short story that illustrates the ignorance of the narrator to his Brother Sonny’s dream of becoming a jazz musician. The narrator thinks that life flows on the ability to just make a living that people do not have to find happiness in working to live. However, this way of thinking is different for Sonny, For example, the narrator says “Well, look, Sonny, I’m sorry, don’t get mad. I just don’t altogether get it, that’s all. Name somebody—you know, a jazz musician you admire.” (Baldwin, 1957, pg.575). Sonny responds with “Bird” (Baldwin, 1957, pg.575) and the narrator responds with “who?” After lighting a cigarette and taking a step back from the conversation, the narrator realizes how out of touch from society he has become. He is shocked and entertained by the fact that his body is trembling. The narrator tells Sonny that he will have to be patient with his ignorance on who Charlie Parker is (Baldwin, 1957, pg.575). This is Sonny’s world through his own eyes and this is what happiness is to him, the culture of jazz playing is his identity. As stated above, Sonny relates to jazz in ways that the narrator cannot understand. The narrator’s ignorance of......
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Reason of Ignorance
...Actions done by reason of ignorance Every action one proceeds in doing will always have its consequences whether they are good out bad. All actions are governed by two main categories: voluntary and involuntary. It is through these two categories can one determine where the responsibility of the action lies and what is the proper outcome that the person who performs the action should receive. As Aristotle has mentioned, if the act is voluntary one should be praised or blamed, but should be given reason to be pardoned and sometimes even forgiveness if involuntary. However, what can be said about action done out of ignorance? It seems that some actions can be blame on the person who acted and others cannot. The following essay will discuss the concerns on when one is blameworthy for their action and when one is not. An action performed out of ignorance is, as it said, a deed that one carries out unknowingly or not understanding/given complete information of the situation. An example of that would be, if Anne was driving on a highway and a person, Carl, jump out of nowhere. Anne hits Carl and kills him. Anne cannot be blame for killing Carl because Carl had no reason to be there and Anne had no idea if she had continued down the highway she would have killed someone. Of course one could argue that driving can be considered a dangerous act to begin with and that Anne should have been aware of the consequence that might transpire. In spite of this, Anne still should not be......
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...In our world today, ignorance is a fluent trait in our population. People live through their lives in an ignorant bliss because they do not take time to look into reasoning beyond a normal perspective. Ignorance doesn’t necessarily refer to one’s knowledge in an academic sense but more so is one’s understanding of our surroundings and the world. It cannot be seen with a blind eye, but when looked at on a large scale, our population’s ignorance from our entertainment, inaccurate beliefs, and media will be the downfall of our misunderstood world. Ignorance often defines and influences our morals and social dramatic instances. We let our ego control our actions by only doing things if will be amusing or influential to our piers. This kind of thinking causes us to avoid seeing as things as they really are, instead we just agree with the majority’s view. The reason we think in this sense is because of our fear of the unknown. It is a fear that is not necessarily scary and normally we don’t even realize its existence, but when our ignorance begins to fade, we see how corrupt and self-centered our world is becoming. Ignorance mainly grows from our media that often solely influences our minds. For example, what we consider entertainment is drama, comedy, and reality shows on television. The drama people see usually effects how they think and how they look at others, though most people never take time to realize that all television drama is staged and made out to......
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Ignorance in Society
...Ignorance In Today’s Society Older generations of today’s society did not have access to the power of the internet or other electronic devices like children and adolescents do today. Those generations actually sat down to read a book, while teens and children of today skim over what they are given to read, or look it up on the internet. In Nicholas Carr’s, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, He talks about how society has progressed from technology and also how it makes people lazy. Instead of hours of research and actually learning about a topic, students can use the internet and find the answer with a couple clicks of a mouse. Also, adolescents get distracted by using other parts of the internet, such as social networking. In, Daniel Solove’s, “The End Of Privacy”, he discusses how technology can leave people vulnerable to public attack, an inescapable past, and identity theft. Once something is posted on the internet, it will stay there forever. Criticism of the Web most often questions whether today’s society is becoming more superficial and scattered with their thinking. The internet has changed society by making it the default point of almost all work. The Web is different in almost all aspects from a book. Printed books have contained the essential truths of humanity long before the internet was even a thought, while the Web is a conglomerate of wisdom from many sights and authors. Today, a person would rather read a couple articles......
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Ours does, and not knowing about the law can result in a pretty heavy fine and points on your license. I shouldn't be ignorant of how my step-children are doing in school, I shouldn't be ignorant of the particular demands of my job, and I shouldn't be ignorant of what's going on in my town. If I don't pay some attention, who's to blame for my surprise when they start tearing down my neighborhood to build a new bypass or apartment complex?
Ignorance is the main force behind almost all prejudices and biases. Even the word "prejudice" implies "pre-judging," or judging beforehand, and we have to ask "before what?" The answer, of course, is before having all the knowledge necessary to judge accurately. And if you don't have that knowledge, you're ignorant, yet you're still judging. How can that ever be helpful or even honest?
Many people who face difficult financial situations do so because of ignorance -- ignorance of basic financial principles behind credit, ignorance of tax laws and procedures, and ignorance of concepts such as interest and investing. They find themselves struggling because they just didn't know that putting so much on credit would lead to such high monthly bills. They didn't realize that even paying the minimum monthly payment on credit doesn't lower the bill enough even to make a dent in the balance. They've believed the hype behind the "buy now" mentality, and they haven't made the effort to look behind that hype and find out the true story.
Many religions and cults and splinter groups from major religions like to encourage ignorance among their followers, for they fear that if their followers learn more about their tenets and beliefs, they'll not like what they see and back out. In this way, these groups build intolerance and prejudice among their followers, keeping these people trapped in a system of belief that's based upon not knowing any more than the leaders want them to know.
Many people like to use their ignorance as an excuse, and the words "I didn't know" are their favorite words of all. I had to work with someone like that once, and I found that I couldn't ever depend upon that person. No matter what she was told to do, she would claim "I didn't know you wanted me to do that" the next day when the job hadn't been done. It was one of the most frustrating professional experiences that I (and the other people involved) ever had. Teens like to use ignorance as an excuse for not doing their chores or certain tasks, and it's important that they learn quickly that ignorance is almost never a valid excuse in real life. In the work world, if you don't know something, you'd better find out -- that's what you're getting paid for.
How many stories have you read or movies have you seen in which the main character goes through the entire film not knowing something very important, and you watch as he or she comes closer and closer to breaking through his or her ignorance to find knowledge? Aren't you just waiting the entire time for that to happen, and don't you just know that things will be much better when the character learns? In The Lion King, for example, Simba almost throws away his life and his heritage based on ignorance -- he didn't know what truly happened to his father. Believing his uncle was easier than giving himself credit and finding out the truth of the situation.
How many times have you thought someone to be a jerk (or worse) because of the way that he or she talked to you or answered one of your questions, only to find out later that something bad had just happened to that person? Your ignorance caused you to judge harshly and sometimes to lose your own peace of mind, even though had you known the true situation, you probably would have reacted with compassion and caring. But getting upset is easier than thinking compassionately, until you get used to the latter.
Ignorance is the easy way out, and the easy way out is rarely the best. Fighting our own ignorance takes dedication, desire, and effort. We have to learn, we have to keep open minds, and we have to step back from pre-judging based on religion, race, nationality, skin piercings, tattoos, or any other physical characteristics that lead us to depend upon stereotypes to figure out what a person is like. Ignorance keeps us down, and it keeps us from getting ahead, and the only way to combat it is to search for the knowledge we need is any given situation. Sometimes, that's as easy to do as asking a few simple questions, but other times, it takes a great deal of effort. Either way, it's worth doing.
So don't always buy the first story or claim that you hear -- if you do, I can guarantee you that you're ignorant of an important side of the story that sounds much different than the one you've accepted. Don't accept first impressions, for they're based on ignorance of many other aspects of a person or place that you haven't yet seen. And please don't let prejudice ruin your life -- the more we learn in life, the more open our minds are, and the more compassionate we can be to our fellow human beings who, like us, are doing the best that they can with what they have.
Also, be wary of those people who offer information or opinions about which they know little or nothing. Almost everyone is willing to offer an opinion about major news stories or political policies, even if they know almost nothing about the topic. be quick to say "I don't know" if you know that you don't have the knowledge necessary to form a true opinion. Passing on gossip or hearsay is one of the most common -- and most highly visible -- forms of ignorance around.