No. I mean, yes. Wait, no… I mean, maybe?
I feel most people confuse ignorance with stupidity. Just because you are ignorant about something, doesn’t mean you’re stupid. In fact, there are many upon many things we are all ignorant about, but that’s ok because we don’t need to know everything, nor do we have the time to try.
Stupidity is lacking the comprehension about something you already know or have been told about. Jumping off a cliff, not fully understanding the nature of gravity and mortality, is ignorance; jumping off a cliff, fully understanding the nature of gravity and mortality, is stupidity. The people who think they know everything, are ignorant, but if they know they can’t know everything but still think they know everything, then they’re stupid.
So where am I going with this? Get comfy, because this is going to be long.
I’ve learned that throughout my entire life, I’ve been ignorant and many times, I’ve been stupid. Not so much as jumping off cliffs, but maybe in a lesser degree, like out of airplanes. 😉 But even with jumping out of airplanes, you are only stupid when you are complacent. I cannot tell you the amount of complacency I’ve seen while I worked and played in that industry. I love skydiving and respect it fully, but with most of the people involved, only questions arise. And I’ll just leave it at that.
I was only able to realize my ignorance and stupidity when I finally woke up through the spiritual awakening process. And let me tell you, I didn’t believe or know anything about spiritual awakening a year ago. I thought this kind of stuff was woo woo hippie crap. Oy vey, was I wrong and judgmental!
It took about a year. The first 6 months was prep time and the last 6 months was go time. And it was not easy, what. so. ever. This awakening began in March 2017 when I met my “twin flame” and now I’m awake, finally. I’m not the same person I was a year ago, not even close. Thanks, J!
When I finally “woke up”, the amount of information that I absorbed about the world was tenfold. I honestly felt that I was absorbing so much information that I wasn’t able to process it all. It was information overload times five, probably. I felt like Lucy from Lucy. And yes, I do believe we can use 100% of our brain, just not 100% of the time. And if we could, I’m sure the brain would combust. So having the ability to access 100% of the brain but at a much lower, functional percentage sounds good to me.
Anyways, from all the info my mind was absorbing, I figured out what I had been ignorant about my whole life and really started to understand what “ignorance is bliss” really meant. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to understand what was being shown to me. But I’m all about learning and gaining perspectives, so I said, “Come at me, bro” and well, it keeps coming. Every day, I feel as if my mind is downloading a whole bunch of information. It’s crazy to the max!
I now understand how to read people like never before, without even trying. I know the difference between people that are organic and people that are GMO. I know what’s meaningful and what’s superficial. I know what needs to go and what needs to stay. I know who’s asleep and who’s awake. And so on and so forth. I was never able to do that before because I was asleeeeep. And just because I feel like I know these things, I also know that there’s always a chance I could be wrong about all of them.
Just because you think you know something, doesn’t mean you really know; you just accept it for truth if there’s nothing else to rebuttal your argument, concept, idea, philosophy, whatever. So, if someone can prove that jumping off a cliff is safe, then I stand corrected with what I consider ignorance and stupidity.
So because of this “awakening”, much has been brought to my attention, that I really understand the amount of work that needs to be done in order to bring the world closer to harmony. I also understand that I can’t do it on my own, nor do I want to go gung ho and start a harmony revolution because to me revolution means forcing and forcing does not lead to harmony. I feel these kinds of things take time to be successful. Afterall, slow is smooth and smooth is fast. I just try to do what I can in hopes that others will understand where I’m coming from and keep the “world in harmony” ball rolling, even if it’s at like 1 mph.
I have become very sensitive to other people’s energy. I get overwhelmed with it at times. I feel empathetic towards people who go through the difficulties but can’t seem to understand that they have the ability to choose how to respond. I can clearly see the answers they need but they keep themselves blocked from them due to being asleep. Being asleep = lack of golden perspectives
And because I see this all the time with different people now than I ever did before, it does take a toll on me. I am more compassionate about everything in the world when before I’d just keep walking by everything without acknowledging them. For most of my life, I had tunnel vision just like most people I now observe. Now, I can’t help but acknowledge everything that comes my way. Sometimes I wonder if things really were blissful when I was asleep and ignorant. But nope, I’m glad I’m awake.
Photo: By me, hiking in Plaskett, California (Big Sur)