Were You Purposely Ignorant This Week?

Trigger Question #28

“I said, I don’t want to know!” (Created with Microsoft Copilot)

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What is ignorance? A lack of knowledge. Or even a lack of awareness. Some people will go further and define it as a lack of education or sophistication. But I won’t, because that’s not the type of ignorance I want to expose.

Being uneducated or unsophisticated is not necessarily dangerous. If you lack knowledge (or sophistication) you can acquire it. The Internet has made doing so much easier.

You can, of course, choose to remain uneducated. And unsophisticated. (After all, who is certified to decide what qualifies as education and sophistication?) With a bit of luck, your unlettered simplicity will harm no one except, possibly, yourself.

However, if you are a leader or a manager and you choose to be ignorant, then you will harm others. “But leaders and managers,” I can hear you think, “are not so ignorant that they will choose ignorance.” Yes, they can be. So can you. And so even can I.

Look carefully at the word ignorance. Now spread the letters apart. What do you see? Do you spot the danger? Look! There lurks the work “ignore.”

When you ignore the knowledge that is clearly available to you, when you “just don’t want to know” what is happening, when you ignore those who know better, when you choose to be ignorant, then you are a danger to yourself and to others.

If you hold a leadership or a management position, then you have no right to be willfully ignorant.

But if you plan to be willfully ignorant, then at least be ignorant on purpose. Be clear why you don’t want to know.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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