No one necessarily tries to be ignorant. The further each one of us get, however, from first person experience, the more we rely on information, ideologies, and media perspectives which can be either inaccurate or intent on manipulation. Thus, we become ignorant.
It’s the person who doesn’t know they are ignorant who is truly stupid. Reading such and such or listening to so and so every day does not forestall the condition. We are all just poor sinners.
And I’m the worse person I know at it.
When I hear or read an opinion I consider utterly devoid of intelligence I am stupid enough to let it get under my skin. I may spend hours thinking of just the perfect comeback that will illustrate just how idiotic is the author. And then I try really hard to shut the hell up.
Listen: Everyone you like and respect, including yourself, likely believes at least one thing that’s dumb as a bag of rocks.
There are great people who have and continue to change the world with their oratory, their debating skills, or their writing. I am not one of them. I have come to learn that I do everyone, especially myself, a disservice by shooting my mouth off. But I can provide new perspectives through art. I can work through the subliminal without saying a word.
Darkness, like ignorance, thrives on fear. I don’t have to listen to it.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.