Ignorance plays on people fears and emotions and in the wrong hands can be a tool to control people and stop them from growing and learning. It’s a tool that’s been used to keep control of people by despots and kings and those who seek to control others. It’s been around since the dawn of time and doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.
Often it’s enforced with violence and you have to wonder, why is there the need for violence? If it was reasonable and in peoples own interest there would be no need for violence.
Don’t allow this to happen to you. Don’t let ignorance control your life.
- When a group of people stop girls going to school, that’s forcing ignorance in a bid to control and keep the status quo.
- When politicians ignore questions from the public or declare certain subjects off limits, that’s an example of control.
- When you don’t take the time or effort to question things or find information yourself, then that allows others to control your life.
- When a boss forces you to work late for no extra money, that’s a form of control with the threat of losing your job as the tool.
- When a country stops the free flow of information within their borders by blocking the internet or controlling what you can access, that’s a tool of ignorance.
Being closed to new ideas or different ways of doing things is one way a society or grouping of people controls its members and keeps them to a comfortable path. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating anarchy. What I do advocate is for people to notice what’s going on around them and to take control of their own path in life.
There are times when being aware of someone trying to control you negates their control. Sometimes it’s not that simple of course but everyone should endeavor to take control of their own life and encourage others to do the same.
I am a big believer that you should examine your life and what’s going on around you. Something I like to do occasionally is to go somewhere and spend time alone. I examine my life and where I was going and who was in it. I would look at the things I was doing to myself and others around me and see whether it all made sense. I would try and work out if I needed to make any changes to my life or my circle of friends and work out what needed to change and sometimes work out a plan and how I would make the changes.
Educating yourself is a big part of that. I don’t mean going back to school, though that can have some profound effects, you could read some books you might not normally read. Look at some websites or online newspapers and see how things are done or reported elsewhere.
Perhaps keep an eye open to the world around you and how its changing and don’t make your mind up about something till you have as much information as you can get about it. See how you can change your life for the better.