If Ignorance Is Bliss

then there must be a lot of blissful people.

Hello dear reader(s)!

Sometimes you need to step away from the negativity.  To focus on the positive, for yourself and your health.  Sometimes you need to shut off the corporate news spin, and eliminate the negative people from your life.  There are toxic people, people who can only see the negative side of things.  Those people might try to bring their negativity to you.  I get all that, and have eliminated many of the negative people from my life.

However, some things you just can’t ignore.

To be happy, to be truly happy, sometimes you must do the hard things.

Wearing blinders and plugging your ears while singing, “La la la la, I can’t hear you!” is not going to make you happy.

Pretending you don’t see the homeless woman on the corner begging for anything you can give is not going to make you happy.  I’m not saying giving her money will, but pretending she isn’t there certainly won’t.

Pretending that every action our government has taken to protect its “interests” at the expense of others is justifiable, without looking at all of the information, isn’t going to make you happy.  You can love your country, without loving everything about it.

Surrounding yourself with “friends” who are unwilling to be honest with you and only tell you what you want to hear will not make you happy.

Surrendering your identity to your lover, your children, your God, or anyone else will not make you happy.

Ignoring your flaws will not make you happy.

Wishing ill upon those who are different from you will not make you happy.

Thinking you are superior to anyone will not make you happy.

Walking through the streets with your loved ones, attempting to ignore the ashes of people raining down upon you is not going to make you happy.

Tearing someone down in an attempt to prop yourself up will not make you happy.

Watching orcas perform tricks for you and your family, knowing that they do indeed suffer in the conditions in which they are kept for your entertainment, will not make you happy.

You can be blissfully miserable.

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Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

4 thoughts on “If Ignorance Is Bliss”

  1. Josh, you are so right on with this one! I have eliminated negative people from my close personal life. It is another thing altogether, though, to find the right balance when engaging with the world at large. Unfortunately I tend to allow these things to affect me on a deep level, to the point that if I see or read too much of it I am led to a dark, depressive place that I struggle to emerge from. I often need to disengage simply to prevent this from happening (as I had to earlier today). It is a fine line to walk, to stay involve without becoming consumed.

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    1. Yep, by all means, step back from time to time. Anyone with a sense of empathy must do that. But I know people, too many people, who will not form an opinion on anything more than whether or not they like Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

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