Ignorance Is Bliss

if ignorance is bliss

it might explain

all the stupid smiles

to be seen every day

in the information age

to choose to be happy

must equal a choice to

also remain ignorant

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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on June 23, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. If you follow the pack then are characteristics to that pack,if one looses their identity
    And chooses the pack over their lose,the ignorance is bliss
    Sheldon

    • There is more than a little danger in group-think. Thinking for ourselves and remaining individuals is the only thing that will keep each of us from constantly falling in line with everyone else.

  2. I like this lol. You have also been nominated for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Details will be on my blog later on tonight. Keep up the good work

  3. i agree that one must choose to be the way they are but yeah sometimes it’s to masked the hurt inside . i really like this poem .it’s short yet to the point .

  4. Ignorance, a double-edged sword.

  5. Reblogged this on everettmiles and commented:
    This echoes the thoughts in my own mind about social media.

  6. My choice to be happy is anything but choosing to be ignorant… I am fully aware of the sickness and misery of this world, can’t help but be aware as it is poured into our lives everyday but I firmly believe that in spite of all the suffering there is a micron of joy beneath it all in this world and that is what I chose to focuse on and that is why I smile. I never forget the sadness and do what I can to help but never forget the underlying joy of all there really is, the ultimate reality. Just my thoughts… 🙂 Namaste

    • There are times we have to smile in spite of what goes on in the world but it never hurts to focus the joy. The world’s cold realities can’t erase the joys – especially the simple joys. 🙂

  7. Hi John!
    I really enjoy this piece. It brings a much deeper meaning to a smile being a facade and the choices behind it. The only thing I didn’t like is that there isn’t a like button!! Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you! I’m confused about there being no Like button. It appears when I view the blog but there could be some weird quirk in WordPress. I’ll look into that. Thanks again for the feedback. It’s great to meet you!

  8. nvsubbaraman

    Rightly said and portrayed. Congrats.

  9. Dear John White,
    Thank you for following my blog. I am enjoying reading your posts. I am also glad that you find writing to be a habit now.

    I like your poem here. I think sometimes ignorance brings happiness but that the ability to learn and absorb knowledge brings better and more fulfilling happiness. It is fun for me to be able to say “that is cool or neat, I did not know that before” when I learn something knew.
    Sincerely,
    Sam Sutlive.

    • You’re welcome, Sam, and thank you for dropping by and for your comment. Learning new things can be an eye opener and give us new perspectives on the world. It’s great to meet you!

  10. Those last three lines – ah! They cannot fathom the truth behind those last three lines.

  11. John:Thank you for following, Elm Drive Images.

  12. Truth, simply stated. 🙂

  13. I tried something with your poem that I recently discovered and that is to read a poem from the bottom up…and yours works beautifully that way…amazing

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