Ignorance or Innocence?

Which is ultimately worse: ignorance or innocence? 

At their root, are they really just the same? 

Personally, I believe that ignorance could never be “bliss” as the saying goes, but could the lack of knowing lead you to live a more healthy or more happy lifestyle? Obviously, every person is affected differently by the knowledge of all things. Curiosity is our nature as human beings, but does that curiosity lead to more good or bad? 

Today, we have the answer to any factual question at our fingertips thanks to modern technology. However, Google could never answer the deeper questions we all have. Some say to look to the Bible for answers. Others say that only you can answer those questions for yourself. 

But, what if your innocence is what is leading you to ignorance. How can you answer your deepest wonderings for yourself if you have not experienced enough in life to bring you out of your innocent shell? 

Naturally, all people have unanswerable questions ranging across all topics, but above are just a few of my own questions about those questions. It’s easy to get tied up thinking and overthinking, but it’s always important to remember to not allow this to overcome the entirety of your days. Life in the moment is the only thing that I have found that has the ability to provide any answers to questions leading me out of ignorance. It may be difficult to learn to live life as it comes to meet you, but that lesson may be the most valuable one you ever teach to yourself. At the end of the day, to answer my initial question regarding ignorance versus innocence, neither one is better or worse than the other. They come hand in hand, and bringing yourself beyond them, when it comes to asking yourself seemingly unanswerable questions, is what truly makes all of us better. 

Colossians 3:1 says “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

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Grace Wakeling

Grace Wakeling, junior, loves spending time with her friends and family. She is the Managing Editor for The OLu MUSE, and she enjoys writing very much. Her other interests include reading, drawing, and eating ice cream. Also, her favorite book is The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.