Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Selective Ignorance

I was reading articles on the web instead of doing the work that I needed to do (mostly because what I need to do is tedious and uninteresting), and I came across an article by a similar name written by one of my favorite computer geeks, Andrew Koenig. This guy is almost legendary to programmers like myself, plus he actually writes very lucidly.

Anyways, I come across this article, where he makes the observation that given the choice between haphazard ignorance and selective ignorance, he would choose selective ignorance any time.

As Koenig says, we all practice selective ignorance in real life. Otherwise, we would be overwhelmed by details at every turn. It got me to wondering if sometimes we don't practice intentional ignorance, which is an altogether different thing. Selective ignorance says "I can ignore this issue right now; it is irrelevant to the task at hand." Intentional ignorance says "I don't want to know the truth; I would rather remain comfortably in this place I have always been."

For much of the last couple of years, the Lord has been impressing on me the importance of living life intentionally, rather than accidentally. Given the choice between selective ignorance and haphazard, I'm with Koenig. But given the choice between intentional ignorance and truth...

So I have to be intentional about not being intentionally ignorant. Hmmmm, my head is starting to hurt.


the-unintentional-blogger said...

What does he say about those of us who are intentionally AND unintentionally ignorant?

Dr. Don said...

He says nothing of intentional ignorance. Those are my thoughts. He simply notes that given the choice between haphazard and selective ignorance, he would opt for selective.

So would I, if I was always in total lucid control of my intentions and my behaviors. But at least I can try, right?