Monday, April 9, 2012
I is for ignorance. Usually I would try to stick with positive words on this a to z challenge. However, sometimes the negative words can have more of an impact than the positive ones. I think the definition of this word is sometimes misinterpreted and those who are truly ignorant are never said to be so and some who are called ignorant are not ignorant at all. Even God was concerned and knew the consequences of ignorance when he stated in Hosea 4:6, "My people perish for a lack of wisdom". So, who am I not to agree with the seriousness of this matter? And why do I even dwell on a word with such negative connotations? Because, with ignorance comes the burden of fear, hatred, and violence. When we don't strive to understand something or someone different than ourselves, we often turn to tactics that we later regret but can't easily undo. Where am I heading with this? LET GO OF IGNORANCE! Open your mind to the fact that you still have a long way to go in life and a lot to learn about others and those things around you. Things are not always what they seem. No matter how much education you have, you will never know or understand everything. So open your mind to listening to others and experiencing new things. Stop being judgmental and allow yourself to walk in another person's shoes. If you really open your mind to what someone else is going through, you'd really be surprised. Of course the world will never be totally rid of ignorance, but we all can go a long way in keeping it in its place!