Ignorance is Bliss

“Ignorance is bliss,” they say, and I’m inclined to agree.  I’m the kind of person who would much rather be kept in the dark about some awful news, rather than know about it and have my heart broken.

“But Camille,” you argue, “won’t you feel like a dummy, knowing that everyone around you is in on a secret and you’re the butt of the joke?”

That’s just it, though—if I never find out, it never hurts.  Right?  I mean, isn’t that the whole point of The Truman Show?  Truman was totally happy with his life when he was living in ignorance.  It wasn’t until HE ACTUALLY LEARNED THE PAINFUL TRUTH that his world crumbled.

Honestly?  If I could say with 100% confidence that I would never find out an awful truth—not now, not in twenty years, not ever—then I’d take the ignorance.  Totally.  Learning the truth, however, after twenty years of being duped…that would be devastating in a permanent way.

I think the only exception to my theory is in matters of fidelity.  If Poor Kyle were ever cheating on me, I’d want to know so I could dump his sorry como-se-llama.

But I know he’s smarter than that, so we’re golden.

What about you?  Would you rather know a sorry truth that could potentially destroy your world, or live your entire life in ignorant contentment?

It’s just, y’know, a simple question of existentialism to keep your weekend interesting.  Oh, and about that: Happy weekend.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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24 Responses to Ignorance is Bliss

  1. Chloe says:

    I’d prefer not to know a painful truth. I’d live happier living in ignorance. :)

  2. Jenn says:

    Wow, that’s a tough one.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I DEFINITELY prefer to live in ignorance. But if I should find out that all along, my SIL & MIL were talking crap about me(cause I know they do, the hubs tells me so-he tells me everything…as he should, he’s my hubs), then I LEAD on as though I found out about what they’ve been saying but still leave them guessing if I really know or not and totally act as though it doesn’t bother me (the bigger person mentality thing). Somehow doing this makes them feel worse because they see that I live my life free of their drama and then they become jealous and I ultimately win! Ummm…but I would much rather live in ignorance of it all…too much work to make ’em think it doesn’t hurt, ’cause it still does. **Ahem…only an example, of course…completely hypothetically speaking here. ;)

  4. Jami says:

    camille, are you here? Also, I don’t know what I would want. If Spencer was cheating then I would want to know. If my kid was doing drugs or sleeping around…I would want to know.
    But if domestic bliss was having a sale, and they would have a PERFECT couch for my front room for REALLY cheap? Oh wait, I have NO money…even for really cheap, perfect couchs for my front room. So I would probally want to not know…that way I wouldn’t feel bad!

  5. niki says:

    i’m totally with you.

    i say all the time that i like living in my little bubble where things are usually very happy and naive.

    for that reason, i rarely keep up with the news.

    call me a fool…

  6. lauren says:

    I MUST know. “Ignorance is bliss” is soooo not for me.

  7. bRAD says:

    I’ll take the painful truth, thank you very much.

  8. Bethany says:

    Hey Camille! I read your blog a lot but never comment! I probably should though! You are so witty, I love it! I think I would like to live in ignorance about certain things but some things I feel like I just need/should know.

  9. I have this thing about knowing. But you’ve scared me with the “potentially destroy your life.”
    Still, I gotta go with full disclosure, I think…

  10. Whitney says:

    I guess it all depends… Im like you IF my sweet husband was doing the nasty with some other woman I would want to know so I could stab him in his sleep. If has anything to do with my family and there well being I want to know. Oh what am I saying… yeah I probably would want to know. I dont really like surprises.

  11. Jethro says:

    I’ll take the truth please. Though i can’t think of anything that would potentially destroy my life. Other than terminal disease. I’ll take that truth too.

  12. Maureen says:

    I think it depends on the situation. Personally, I like to know what’s up, but there are some things I can think of that I’d say it’s best that the parties involved don’t know about it. Ever.

  13. anonymous says:

    i would want to know. it would bug me knowing that there may be something bad that i don’t know about. even if i didn’t know there was something bad that i didn’t know about, well… i’d just rather know the truth! it would give me a different perspective on how to handle situations or deal with people.

  14. RatalieNose says:

    I would MUCH rather know the truth. I’m ALL ABOUT the truth. I don’t care if it hurts.

  15. RatalieNose says:

    BTW, I LOVE the Truman Show!

  16. Rachel says:

    Ignorant contentment! Ignorant contemptment!

    And I also love The Truman Show. My favorite Jim Carrey vehicle.

  17. Jeff says:

    Give me the truth…I can handle it. And if you’ll recall, Truman wasn’t happy with his life. That’s why he dug the escape tunnel in his window, etc. Plus if he hadn’t faced the ‘hard truths’ in his life, he would have never escaped the lie and gotten back with his true love! What kind of crap movie would it have been if he had wallowed in his ignorance for the duration??

  18. kat says:

    I only want to know IF I’m ever going to find out anyway. I want to know early. I hate knowing that someone had a secret that I didn’t know about. In fact, it just KILLS me that there are billions of people out there with secrets that I don’t know about!

  19. kat says:

    I just watched a movie called Revolutionary Road. When the husband told the wife he was having an affair, she said, “Why did you tell me”? The reason that she was upset he told her wasn’t because she didn’t want to know (although ignorance would have been bliss) but she too was having an affair and knowing that he had an affair and told her made her worse than just having an affair, she didn’t tell.

    I’ve played that role in a situation but it was dating and when I was 18. Not as bad but still terrible in context.

  20. Granmama says:

    There are so many family secrets that you don’t know because,—why? It would only hurt you. WHy tell things to people that will hurt them or others, especially if they don’t need to know them? (You knew you were adopted, didn’t you?) I still love you anyway.
    Ma

    Thank you for being here the last few days. Having you here made this whole “graduation ceremony” easier to handle and bearable. I love the woman you are.
    Mom

  21. afton says:

    i use to have to know everything! but now i would take the ignorance. there’s just too many issues to have to deal with once you find out the truth. i think if it’s not going to harm me in not knowing than i’m perfectly fine with that.

    and let’s be honest, bRAD would probably take the painful truth over the happy truth anyway :)

  22. ann marie says:

    I’m all about the truth! :) Wish I could be the “ignorance” way… but I can’t!

  23. Anonymous says:

    As long as I didn’t ever have to find out, I would rather live in ignorance.

  24. Shannon says:

    That is sooo weird that you wrote about this subject! I think of this all the time. I agree about the ignorance thing. Of course I want/like/expect the truth, but one person’s truth may be someone else’s opinion, or worse, like you mentioned, potentially life destroying. Why mess with the unknown or those things hurtful.

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