FINDING HAPPINESS: Knowledge Is Power, Ignorance Is Bliss, Happiness Is Somewhere in Between

BY PAUL HUDSON

Knowledge is power, and ignorance is bliss. Does this mean that the powerful can’t be happy? It just very well may. Let’s face the facts: The world isn’t all rainbows and unicorns.

Terrible acts are committed every minute of every day. Even our very own lives are laden with painful memories and awful situations. Thus, without knowledge, where would we be? Those with more information are almost always on top. Without information and knowledge, you can’t get ahead in life.

So what do you do? Do you choose sides? Do you try to find a balance between knowledge and happiness? Tradeoffs need to be made. Know what you’ll be trading off and you can make the right decision yourself.

Our capacity to understand, store and process knowledge on such a complex level is what differentiates us from the remainder of the animal kingdom.

Our brains are what make us superior; it’s an evolutionary adaption that we, as a species, have developed as a means not only to survive, but also to flourish.

We are born to think, to learn and to innovate. Choosing to remain ignorant goes against human nature. The only question that remains is whether or not more knowledge is better.

We all want things in life — different things, but each of us has hopes and dreams, nonetheless. In order to get what we want, we have to act; we have to do something. In order to know which actions we should take, we must have information.

Without knowledge, we cannot make progress. Attaining said information isn’t easy, either, because it requires time and effort. Smaller goals will require less information and therefore, less time and effort. However, our largest life goals require a whole lot of experience and thus, a whole lot of time and knowledge.

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