It can be said that good and evil do not exist, only truth and ignorance.
- From a brochure for an Ayahuasca retreat
Ignorance is bliss.
- Thomas Grey, Eighteenth century English poet
Ergo bliss is evil? Let’s look at that.
I wrote a piece some time ago that talked about following your bliss, the idea being that if you do the things you love, The Law of Attraction will bring you more of the same.
I feel the concept of bliss has been misunderstood, society mostly equating it with hedonism and self-seeking. Poor old ignorance gets similarly bad rap.
If you’ve not tried something, you can’t know what it’s like - not really, anyway. You may have a inkling that you might not like it, but you can’t know. So one could argue, that you need to try everything…right?
Unfortunately for anyone who likes their comfort zone, we do need to try everything - and sometimes, horror of horrors, more than once.
And the thing is, we need to do it consciously. And maybe even as many as six times.
So, that’s six times of getting out of my comfort zone, to do something I was pretty sure I didn’t want to do anyway. Seems like a lot of work for something I’m not going to like.
It really does.
But what starts off as an exercise in discomfort and unfamiliarity, quickly turns into one defined by curiosity. Unpredictability makes way to openness to life, with all its magnificent permutations.
So ignorance, rather than being evil, is merely a place where you’re unwilling to try something new. And it’s OK to be there – as my 5 year-old has clearly asserted about ‘slimy’ mushrooms recently.
There will be times in your life where you’re super receptive to a whole bunch of new experiences. There will be others however, where doing what you know is the best way - maybe even the only way - to cope when the chips are down. There will be ups; there will be downs.
Knowing this is essential when every picture we’re exposed to on the internet looks like a toothpaste ad.
And so if I don’t feel like doing something on my to do list today, it really isn’t the end of the world if I do it tomorrow.
Yes yes, great people are disciplined, great people suck it up, great people even have cold showers (or so I’m told). But I want to enjoy this human experience. Life is too damn short and wearing a stupid Corona mask isn’t helping.
So even though carpe diem may be a nice motto, I think carpe tomorrow has a pretty nice ring too.