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Your Ignorance Is Not My Problem. I’m Still Dealing With Overcoming My Own…

If Ignorance is bliss…

A realization today as I continue to take stock of voices, opinions, and rhetoric, which I generally disagree with, from those within earshot over the past week or so. See, we are all ignorant. Ignorance is not something we opted out of at a certain point in our lives because of our self-defined “improvements” over who we think we were yesterday or yesteryear.

The literal definition of “ignorance” is pretty simple: Lack of knowledge or information.

Yes—hopefully everyone continues to grow over the years. Gaining more knowledge, openness, and understanding about the world and its inhabitants. Growing more empathetic if you will. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about learning, is that typically the well just gets deeper and deeper as to what I don’t know…as I continue to learn.

Whether it be educational, emotional, or any other form of knowledge or growth, there are things that I will always be ignorant to at least some of the dimensions of.

your ignorance is not my problem. I'm still working on overcoming my own.

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Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow: More Tolerance And Growth…Hopefully.

Tolerance needs to be there for everyone, especially those that don’t agree with our stances. I know that I am a completely different person than I was 20+ years ago. Many people around me have commented that they would have never expected to see in me certain current thoughts, traits, or actions.

Much of the reason I am who I am is that I unknowingly absorbed the quietly subversive positive vibes from those around me over the years. 

Not necessarily from the ones that screamed at me to change or improve, but from the ones that whispered through their daily actions.

Your Ignorance Is Not My Problem. I’m Still Dealing With Overcoming My Own…
The Old Akron Rubber Bowl – My College Days Stomping Grounds

And honestly, for me at least, the goal is simply to be a good example. To continue to improve myself towards being a better, more tolerant and empathetic human. So head up my friend. Keep concentrating on being the best you that you can be and attempting to put a net positive out into the world.

Combat your own ignorance first. When it comes down to it, that’s really one of the only things we have the power to control.

Cheers my friend. Thanks for the ear.

— Jason

Note that the image of the Akron Rubber Bowl ruins is just a throwback to my childhood and simply meant to illustrate the passing of time. Go Zips!

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