I do not know who to attribute this quote to but I recall Father Joe saying it to me once in the sacristy of St Stephen’s after mass one day: “If ignorance is bliss, that makes me the happiest guy on the planet.” Needless to say this quote has pretty much summed up my life up ‘til now. It’s coming on the end of 2018 and at times like these I tend to get very contemplative about my life and the truth be told, I seriously have no clue how I have made it this far without the element of, “What I don’t know doesn’t hurt me.”
Moreover, I am actually going out of my way these last few years to only know as little as I possibly can about certain things in my life and if gradually things become clear to me or not, I tend to not even care anymore. Once, I used to care. Depends on my interest level, really. But this whole, “gossipy, Oh do tell!”, sort of attitude was never something I telegraphed, solicited or even probably uttered to anyone in my whole life. The reason is because of the first hand experience I have had with the underlying damage that behavior causes. But I digress.
Speaking directly to the times in which we now live and the observations I have had in the thirteen years of blogging, I’m not sure the concept of perfection is something anyone truly understands anymore. It’s a lofty goal to try and be perfect but there’s a finality in saying that you know something for sure that for thousands of years was something only attributable to the learned, scholarly and those using, “The Scientific Method” to figure stuff out. The measure of humility conversely has always been in how little we actually admit to knowing.
“If ignorance is bliss that makes me the happiest guy on the face of the planet.”
Perhaps the biggest sin is our loss of that child-like quality the season we’re facing mandates in order to enjoy fully. Instead we seem to be fearful and avoid decorating and enjoying the season and its various reasons by trying to be Internet experts. Case in point. The whole Facebook involvements with the, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer animated special and the seasonal standard, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” A backlash became evident recently with various posts and things having to do with how politically incorrect each of those are to certain people. As if our lives weren’t complicated enough we now have to worry about which touchstones from a simpler time we view with the disdain of supposedly having evolved beyond the concepts of bullying and the concept of adults enjoying alcoholic spirits.
Someone got offended, radio stations took what they believed was the high road approach and decided to publicly ban the playing of, Baby It’s Cold Outside on their airwaves. Rudolph’s father and coach was too hard on him and we should not let our young people grow up in the atmosphere where things might be misinterpreted.
How about we let them decide for themselves? Perhaps it is the shortcoming of the parents and their confidence levels in how they are rearing their children? Perhaps it is an attempt to level a playing field where a perfect world can exist?
The world is not perfect. And it’s cruel and brutal. And these things become apparent and manifest for everyone as our minds expand and accept the world in which we live. We can only insulate for so long, you know? And now would be the perfect time to hark back to those days of old when simple concepts were simple concepts instead of everyone making pronouncements and trying to be the experts on everything? Because if you know everything about everything, you’re perfect and none of us are.
I, for one am just trying to enjoy songs and specials for their own sake this holiday season for example and I have bigger fish to try like why “presents on the tree”, in, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” was changed to, “presents under the tree?” We’re trying too hard people and the point of the song is “being HOME for Christmas.” Some things I simply will never understand which makes me the happiest guy on the planet. No?
But I may have all this all wrong though.
Season’s Greetings, anyways!
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