Story of a lost journalist

May 16, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

Filed under: life,My Musing Moments,Personal — Cris @ 02:35

I finally found one use for my ignorance. Whenever I read or hear about something new, no filters start working on my head. I read it as it is written, I hear it as it is told. The enlightened, however, I have learnt, tend to pass it all through a filter of prejudices and opinions and all they have read in the past, before letting any of that in. They doubt everything, they have an opinion against anything. So I can see the goodness in something faster than them. I may be naïve here, but if it takes so much to trust anyone or anything and you have to walk forever with a suspicious and alert mind, well – would you ever be completely happy?

When I hear people interpret simple, straightforward words to come up with inner and double meanings, I stay dumbfounded. How do they manage to dig so much into those simple words, I never understand. Wouldn’t it be real tough for people to say every line after injecting a lot of hidden meaning into it? Life is not a drama with heavy dialogues. It is just life – you live, you don’t act. You react, you don’t direct. You talk, you don’t script. You are you, not someone else!

But people do it – a lot of people do. They just don’t tell you. It gives me the nerves. I could be standing there telling how beautiful a violet flower is, and for all you know, someone may conclude that my first date had to do with a lot of violet flowers, someone else may think I am trying to look at a man somewhere near the violet flowers – cause of course a woman doesn’t simply stand and enjoy the beauty of flowers. This is not the right example to convey the horror these interpreters give you.

Here is another one. You may say you plan to go out next day and your listener may think any one of the following
“It is to avoid me, from calling her”
“It is to show me she is busy”
“It is to make me jealous that I am doing nothing”
Etc etc
Very few take it as it was said: “She plans to go out next day”

I hate being misunderstood. And that happens a lot. I tend to be extra cautious when I am with such people and make it all the more worse. For it never works for me when I try to be something. You have to be nice, not try to be nice. Cause then you are trying to prove, to please, to convince. It doesn’t work. You have to do it cause you are it, not otherwise.

I don’t think these interpretations are exclusive talents of the enlightened. Others do it too. So to not be that way – guess it takes some amount of ignorance, some naivety, some permanent damage in some part of the cerebrum to be a Cris.



  1. Hey,
    Read about you just now, and really, u quit the company to become a writer? I’m curious cuz this highly resembles my near future! And u write cartoons, cool! I’ll be exploring more of this later. See you around!

    Comment by Rahul Anand — May 17, 2010 @ 20:26 | Reply

    • @Rahul, thank you. Hope your future plans turned out just right. I dont really do cartoons, that was just to add some fun to my jim-and-me conversations 🙂

      Comment by Cris — July 16, 2010 @ 00:59 | Reply

  2. “cause of course a woman doesn’t simply stand and enjoy the beauty of flowers”…this post is about feminism…this post is about women only…this post is intended to deliberately malign men… hmm …can’t think of any more interpretations 😀

    Comment by don — May 20, 2010 @ 22:15 | Reply

    • @don: this post is going to find its way to this commenter and smash his head!

      Comment by Cris — July 16, 2010 @ 01:01 | Reply

  3. It has become so difficult to be simple. Wish more of us had that permanent damage to the cerebrum.

    Comment by Anand — May 23, 2010 @ 08:16 | Reply

    • @Anand: I am not sure I would advice you to make that particular wish. I hear they ask you to come prepared with a working cerebrum in possession for most of the jobs around here.

      Comment by Cris — July 16, 2010 @ 01:03 | Reply

  4. Little bit hard…but truth…

    Comment by Suryajith — May 31, 2010 @ 11:26 | Reply

    • @Suryajith: Thank you. I thought so too 🙂

      Comment by Cris — July 16, 2010 @ 01:05 | Reply

  5. It seems to me that it is simplicity rather than ignorance that you are talking about, but of course others may mistake your simplicity for Ignorance. A simple person will recogonise and say that the Violet Flower is beautiful where as the Ignorant will be confused and raise the question whether the Violet Flower beautiful and the complex people will think The flower may be beautiful or else not, but why these people are interested in the flower?

    I believe, it takes a lot of courage, maturity of a different level and a permanent damage of the brain due to enlightening to be like Cris

    Simplicity is a bliss

    A good thought, a nice post, though it caused some permanent damage to my brain and my way of thinking.

    Thank you

    Comment by Javed Miandad — November 19, 2010 @ 14:50 | Reply

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