Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Innocence of Ignorance
Do you remember being a child and longing for the day when you would "be big"? When you were 5, you couldn't wait to be ten. When you were ten, you couldn't wait to be thirteen. You just knew that the world would be perfect when you were all grown up. And then, you grew up. What had looked so enticing when you were young - freedom, autonomy, choice - came with a huge price. Adulthood, that picture perfect dream, had strings attached - strings called responsibility, self-denial and obligation. Now, having reached adulthood, you see clearly into the ignorant desires of childhood. You realize that your innocence painted a rose colored picture of reality.
Sometimes, when I see the world spiraling out of control around me, I wish I could return to a childlike innocence born of ignorance. I wish I could ignore the moral decay, the increasing dysfunction and the calculated destruction of our civilization. I wish, when yet another headline shouts of political treachery, I could plug my ears and hum, pretending that all is right in the world. I wish, when the gas prices skyrocket and the dollar tumbles, I could believe that it was just another matter of market adjustment and it will right itself soon enough. I wish, that when the government tells me that I don't have to worry about a thing - they will take care of everything, I could believe them. I wish I could trust what the media tells me - that they take their job as the watchdog of the government seriously. But I don't. And I can't. My rose colored glasses of ignorance were smashed years ago and have proven irreparable.
Although innocence is beautiful, it is tender, fragile and, when born of ignorance, dangerous. Ignorance breeds apathy and slothfulness. It assumes much and expects little of itself. It appeals to the masses and leaves destruction in its wake.
Wake up! We are no longer 5 years old, waiting to be ten. We MUST see the world through the eyes of truth rather than ignorance. This is our time. Take off your glasses and see. The prudent man sees danger and takes refuge - but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 22:3.