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Ignoranz Unwissenheit



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Zitate zum Thema Unwissenheit / Ignorance

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

  • Die Menschheit ist nicht mehr darauf beschränkt, teilnahmslos den Preis der Unwissenheit zu bezahlen, sonst wäre ihr kollektives Bewusstsein nicht auf sein neues Niveau angestiegen. Von nun ab kann der Mensch wählen, nicht mehr von der Dunkelheit versklavt zu werden und seine Bestimmung kann somit gesichert sein. FU Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Kapitel 24 "Resolution" [Ratschluss], S. 292, Hay House, Februar 2002


Quotes by D. Hawkins


⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • Ignorance and unawareness are the despair of humanity. Source unknown


  • Falsehood and ignorance are not enemies of truth. They merely represent its absence. Source unknown


  • We may expect great transformations throughout human culture, as mankind becomes more responsible for its knowledge, and thus its deeds. We've become fully accountable, whether we like it or not. We're at the point in the evolution of our collective awareness where we may even assume stewardship of consciousness itself. Humanity is
    no longer resigned to passively paying the price of ignorance
    , or its communal consciousness wouldn't have risen
    to its new level. From this time forth, man may choose to no longer be enslaved by darkness; his destiny can then be certain.
    Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 24 "Resolution", S. 292, Hay House, February 2002


  • There are only two obstacles:
    1. the ignorance that is always available and present and
    2. valuing something other than peace and joy above that peace and joy because of the secret pleasure of the payoff.


Hans in luck statue
Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
  • The option for Truth, peace, and joy is always available, al-
    though seemingly buried behind an ignorance and nonawareness that results from having chosen other options as a habit thought. The inner truth reveals itself when all other options are refused by surrender to God.
    The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 4, S. 49, 2001




  • So Christ and Buddha and other great sages who said to forgive people did so because the basic problem is only that of ignorance. This basic ignorance seems to be built into the human brain itself. Interview with D. Hawkins, On the Trilogy
    of Book 1, 2 and 3
    , presented by the dissolved blog Openexchange.org, Susanne Spitzer, 2004


  • Ignorance born of innocence is seen to be the only 'defect' that needs to be transcended. It is seen that the nature of Creation is as it is and not in need of correction.
    Interview The Path of Simplicity, presented by the US American magazine In Light Times, March 2005


  • Ignorance is the basis of all suffering. Untitled audio interview, presented by the suspended US American web radio station "Beyond the Ordinary", hosts Nancy Lorenz and Elena Young, 60 minutes duration, 14. December 2004


  • We make mistakes out of ignorance. And why are we ignorant? Because we were born with the hardware of a compu-
    ter and no programming, so we’re now at the effect, we’re victims of our own programming. That’s how you can have compassion for all of mankind. You can see that every innocent little bin Laden that was once a happy little baby boy, got programmed by all this crap. minute 43:13
    So he is now the victim of his own ego, he is the victim of his own fallacious belief system. He’s a victim. So, we don’t feel sorry for him, we don’t make excuses for him. We avoid him. But we also see that despite that degree of negativity the innate innocence is still there. Otherwise you couldn’t program him. You couldn’t train all those little children in Ger-
    many to become good Nazis unless their innocent and trusting to begin with. It was their innocence and trust.
    Sedona Seminar Advaita. The Way to God through Mind, DVD 2 of 3, track 5, minute 42:44-43:56, August 2002


  • That's why the Buddha said there's only one sin, and that's ignorance. Krishna said the same the same thing, as
    did Jesus Christ. They also said that if your intention is correct, it doesn't make any difference if you're wrong. 'You
    will still be my beloved.' [Krishna].' And Jesus Christ stands for the salvation of those who have fallen by the way
    out of ignorance. Sedona Seminar God Transcendent and Immanent, 3 DVD set, November 2002


  • Ignorance is a by-product of the ego. Chicago Seminar Title unknown, 10. April 2004




Self refuting statement

Self refuting statements, Cult FAQ, presented by NZ Cult List 1999-2015

  • Through ignorance a human being sins over and over. Ignorance is the prime defect. What man needs salvation from, in my view, is the incapacity to tell truth from falsehood. You always pick what you think is true. Modern man is in even worse shape than ancient man. His capacity to discern truth is belabored by the media. You go through a constant brainwashing. It’s more and more difficult for man to tell truth from falsehood – relativism in today's world. Sedona Satsang Q&A, 2 CD set, 10. January 2007


  • [Paraphrased] The only sin is ignorance. The ignorance of the awareness of how the Id dominates human endeavors
    is a big block for humanity. Prescott Seminar Freedom. Morality and Ethics, 3 DVD set, 8. November 2008


  • Jesus Christ and the Buddha, they all said, "all that the world calls negative is nothing but ignorance." There is no evil, there's only ignorance. There's only ignorance. To be enlightened means to surrender that ignorance out of humility.
    Not out of desperation, not out of wantingness, but out of humility you surrender that ignorance. "I, of myself, do not know, O Lord. I, of myself, do not know." So we surrender our ignorance and our limitation and our not knowingness
    to God, and in return, we become enlightened.
    Sedona Seminar A Unique Sedona Seminar including Korean Translation, 4 DVD set, 6. December 2008



Rise in overall consciousness:

Modern interconnected electronic communication contributes to the inherent rise in overall consciousness.
Note: According to Hawkins' calibrations both the Internet and mankind vibrate at LoC 205. [Status end 2010]


Compare with

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Franklin ['The First American'] (1706-1705) US American statesman, polymath, diplomat, Founding Father of the United States, political theorist, occultist, polymath, diplomat, civic activist, author

  • The consciousness level of mankind [LoC 205] is currently progressing, increasing. It is also because of the Internet [LoC 205] and the highly effective communication. We've such extraordinary means of sharing knowledge. […] Now you touch a switch and millions of people worldwide instantly are aware of it.
    It's hard to be stupid in today's world. Really, you've to work hard at it. […] It's a wonderful life now. Anything you don't know you just ask the computer, and the computer tells you. Very impressive.
    Audio presentation at the "Celebrate Your Life" Conference, sponsored by Mishka Productions, Phoenix, Arizona, 6. November 2010 – Map of Consciousness (2010), YouTube film, minute 1:13:27, 1:17:30 duration, posted 23. October 2011

Zitate von anderen Quellen


  • Das ist der ganze Jammer, die Dummen sind immer so sicher und die Gescheiten so voller Zweifel.
    Bertrand Russell [BW 465] (1872-1970) englischer Wissenschaftsphilosoph, Logiker, Mathematiker, Historiker, Sozialreformer, Pazifist, Mitglied der Royal Society, Nobelpreisträger, zitiert in: Gute Zitate



  • Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tätige Unwissenheit. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [BW 465] (1749-1832) deutscher Universalgelehrter, Bühnendichter, Schriftsteller, Sprüche in Prosa, 1819, Freies Geistesleben, 1999



Dummheit und Bosheit bringen sich letzten Endes selbst zu Fall.

  • Die beste Methode, einen Narren von seinem Irrtum zu überzeugen, besteht darin, ihn seine Dummheit ausführen zu lassen. Joseph Billings (1758-1806) englischer Seefahrer, Hydrograph, Entdeckungsreisender, zitiert in: gratis-spruch
  • Weder Erkenntnis noch Unwissenheit ist real; was jenseits von beiden liegt, genauso wie jenseits aller Gegensatz-
    , das ist die Wirklichkeit.
    Sri Ramana Maharshi [BW 720] (1879-1950) indisch-hinduistischer Weiser, erleuchteter Heiliger, zitiert in: Jyotishman Dam, Her-
    ausgeber, Große Meister Indiens, S. 213, Schirner, Darmstadt 1. Auflage 2006, zitiert in: zitate-aphorismen.de


Todsünde Trägheit, Schalldeckel der Kanzel in Comburg, 1715
Balthasar Esterbauer (1672-1728) deutscher Steinbildhauer
  • Der Kluge lernt aus allem und jedem, der Normale aus seinen Erfahrungen und der Dumme weiß schon alles besser.
    Sokrates (469-399 v. Chr.) altgriechischer vorchristlicher Philosoph,
    zitiert in: Sokrates, präsentiert von Zitate zum Nachdenken


  • Du der Schöpfer deiner selbst durch die Gedanken, die du wählst und heraufbeschwörst. Dieser Geist ist der große Weber des inneren Gewandes des Charakters und des äußeren Gewands der Umstände. Und so, wie sie bisher unwissend und voller Leid daran gewoben hast, kannst du jetzt glücklich und erleuchtet daran weben.
    James Allen [BW 505] jamesallen (1864-1912) britischer Genius, Dichter, philosophischer Selbsthilfe-Buchautor zu Themen der Persön-
    lichkeitsentwicklung und Motivation, Wie der Mensch denkt, so lebt er
    [As a Man Thinketh], [1903], Mvg, 14. August 2017






Die Gabe, die Geister zu unterscheiden

  • Der Mangel an Urteilskraft ist eigentlich das, was man Dummheit nennt, und einem solchen Gebrechen ist gar nicht abzuhelfen.
    Immanuel Kant [BW 460] (1724-1804) deutscher Philosoph der Aufklärung, Kritik der reinen Vernunft, Teil I. "Transzendentale Elementarlehre", Fußnote, 1781, 2. erweiterte Auflage 1787; zitiert in: Aphorismen.de


  • Dummheit ist ein gefährlicherer Feind des Guten als Bosheit. Gegen das Böse lässt sich protestieren, es lässt
    sich bloßstellen, es lässt sich notfalls mit Gewalt verhindern, das Böse trägt immer den Keim der Selbstzersetzung
    in sich, indem es mindestens ein Unbehagen im Menschen zurückläßt. Gegen die Dummheit sind wir wehrlos. We-
    der mit Protesten noch durch Gewalt lässt sich hier etwas ausrichten; Gründe verfangen nicht; Tatsachen, die dem
    eigenen Vorurteil widersprechen, brauchen einfach nicht geglaubt zu werden – in solchen Fällen wird der Dumme
    sogar kritisch – und wenn sie unausweichlich sind, können sie einfach als nichtssagende Einzelfälle beiseitege-
    schoben werden. Dabei ist der Dumme im Unterschied zum Bösen restlos mit sich selbst zufrieden; ja, er wird
    sogar gefährlich, indem er leicht gereizt zum Angriff übergeht. Daher ist dem Dummen gegenüber mehr Vor-
    sicht geboten als gegenüber dem Bösen.
    Niemals werden wir mehr versuchen, den Dummen durch Gründe
    zu überzeugen; es ist sinnlos und gefährlich.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) deutscher Theologe, lutherischer Pastor der Bekennenden Kirche, Widerstandskämpfer, KZ-
    Häftling und Märtyrer des Nationalsozialismus (1906-1945), Eberhard Bethge, Herausgeber, Widerstand und Ergebung. Briefe
    und Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft
    , Kapitel Von der Dummheit, S. 14-15, Siebenstern, Gütersloh, Taschenbuch 1985


  • Die zehn Illusionen (dysfunktionalen Überzeugungen) der Menschheit
    1. Bedürftigkeit
    2. Versagen
    3. Spaltung
    4. Mangel
    5. Erfordernisse/Ansprüche
    6. Richten/Verurteilen
    7. Verdammung
    8. Bedingtheit
    9. Überlegenheit
    10. Unwissenheit
Neale Donald Walsch [BW 450] (*1943) US-amerikanischer universalistisch-panentheistischer geprägter spiritueller Lehrer, Er-
folgsautor religiös-spiritueller Bücher [Trilogie Gespräche mit Gott], Gemeinschaft mit Gott, Goldmann Verlag, 21. Oktober 2002,
1. November 2007


  • Auf jede Frage eine Antwort wissen nur Dummköpfe. John Steinbeck [Werk BW 400] (1902-1968) US-amerikanischer Journalist, Kriegsberichterstatter, CIA-Agent, Romanschriftsteller, Pulitzer-Preis-Träger, 1940, Nobelpreisträger für Literatur, 1962,
    zitiert in: Arndt-Michael Meyer, Die Macht der Kürze. Das 1x1 der Realität, S. 53, BoD, Norderstedt, Mai 2004



Weiser Rat eines Vaters an seinen Sohn



  • Es ist ein Unglück, dass in der Welt mehr Dummheit ist, als Schlechtigkeit braucht, und mehr Schlechtigkeit als die Dummheit bewirkt. Karl Kraus (1874-1936) österreichischer Aphorist, Satiriker, Journalist, Dichter, Bühnenschriftsteller, Autor, Sprüche und Widersprüche, Kapitel IX., Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1986


  • Die Dummheit besteht darin, zu einem Ende kommen zu wollen. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) französischer Romancier, Schriftsteller, eBook "Gesammelte Werke: Romane und Erzählungen und Memoiren und Briefe'', S. 119, e-artnow, 2014


  • Unsichtbar wird die Dummheit, wenn sie genügend große Ausmaße angenommen hat. Bertholt Brecht (1898-1956) deutscher Theaterdirektor, Lyriker, Dramatiker, einflussreicher Bühnenschriftsteller, zitiert in: Gute Zitate


  • Die Dummheit ist die sonderbarste aller Krankheiten. Der Kranke leidet niemals unter ihr. Aber die anderen leiden. Paul-Henri Spaak (1899-1972) belgischer sozialistischer Politiker, Staatsmann, zitiert in: Gutzitiert



Ratschlag: Auseinandersetzungen mit Ignoranten vermeiden

  • Auch wird man einsehn, dass Dummköpfen und Narren gegenüber, es nur einen Weg gibt, seinen Verstand an den Tag zu legen, und der ist, dass man mit ihnen nicht redet. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) deutscher Philosoph, Hochschullehrer, Schriftsteller, Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit, 1851, Philipp Reclam jun. Verlag, 1986





  • Halt Du sie dumm, ich mach' sie arm. Spruch des feudalistischen Landesfürsten zum Kleriker über den Umgang mit dem Volk


  • Dummheit und Stolz wachsen auf einem Holz! Deutsches Sprichwort


  • Je gelehrter, desto verkehrter. Deutsche Redewendung
    • [You get dumber by degrees. American expression]


  • Weise verfallen in Unwissenheit, wenn sie mit Unwissenden streiten. Unbekannt


Referenzen: de.Wikiquote-Einträge Ignoranz und ► Ignorant


  • Kinder weinen.
    Narren warten.
    Dumme wissen.
    Kleine meinen.
    Weise gehen in den Garten.
    Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934) deutscher Kabarettist, Maler, Schriftsteller, Kinder-Verwirr-Buch, Ernst Rowohlt Verlag, 1931
    • Dumme rennen, Kluge warten, Weise gehen in den Garten.
      Fälschlich zugeschrieben Rabindranath Tagore [BW 475] (1861-1941) indisch-bengalischer Philosoph



  • Dumm ist der, der Dummes tut!
    US-amerikanische Literaturverfilmung Forrest Gump, Filmzeile des gleichnamigen Filmheldens, 1994



Quotes by various other sources

Personal avowal – conspiracy

  • "You keep them stupid, I make them poor."
    Sealed deal between the feudal territorial prince and the local cleric on how to treat the local population



  • Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
    Murphy's Law Book Two. More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong., compiled and edited by Arthur Bloch, S. 52, Price/Stern/Sloan
    Publishers, Los Angeles, California, 1980; falsely attributed to Mark Twain



  • We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
    Benjamin Franklin [The First American, US Founding Father] [Influence LoC 480] (1706-1705) US American statesman, political
    theorist, polymath, diplomat, civic activist, author, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote



Referring to the emerging Nazi rule in Germany, not to trouble in general

  • The fundamental cause of the trouble is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
    Bertrand Russell [LoC 465] (1872-1970) British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformist, pacifist, member of the Royal Society, Nobel laureate in literature, 1950, In Mortals and Others. Bertrand Russell's American Essays, "The Triumph of Stupidity", 10. May 1933, S. 28, 1931-1935,
    Routledge, 1998


  • Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russell [LoC 465] (1872-1970) British philosopher, social critic, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformist, "pacifist", member of the Royal Society and MI5, Nobel laureate in literature, 1950, A History of Western Philosophy, Simon & Schuster, 1945, Touchstone, New York, May 2007


  • We are all ignorant only about different things.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] [Work LoC 465] (1835-1910) US American humorist, author, cited in: AZ Quotes


  • The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
    Attributed to Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007) US American polymath, philosopher, psychologist, futurist, civil libertarian, self-
    described agnostic mystic, editor, playwright, essayist, novelist, poet, author, cited in: AZ Quotes


  • Giving others the freedom to be stupid is one of the most important and hardest steps to take in spiritual progress. Conveniently the opportunity to take that step is all around us every day. Thaddeus Golas (1924-1997) US American
    author, Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment, S. 76, Seed Center, Bantam Books, 1972, paperback issue 1980




Future outlook


Dumbing down of America

  • I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufactu-
    ring industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when
    the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching
    our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between
    what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness […]
    The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential
    media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, cre-
    dulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.
    Carl Sagan [LoC 200, work LoC 420] (1934-1996) US American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, exobiologist, science popularizer and communicator in the space and natural sciences, author, Demon-Haunted World. Science as a Candle in the Dark, Ballantine Books, 25. February 1997
  • Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.
    Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi [LoC 760] (1869-1948) Indian Hindu sage, spiritual activist leader, humanitarian, lawyer, nonviolent freedom fighter, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
    Confucius [LoC 590] (551-479 BC) Chinese sage, social philosopher, sponsor of Confucianism, the Chinese state religion, Analects
    of Confucius
    [Lunyu] [Selected Sayings] (475 BC-220 AD)


  • Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
    1. Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
    2. Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
    3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
    4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
    5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
    6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
Unsourced quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman statesman, consul, political theorist, philosopher, lawyer, consti-
tutionalist, orator, author; cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


  • Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. Matthew Kelly, The rhythm of life: living every day with passion and purpose, S. 80, Fireside, New York, 2004; falsely attributed to
    Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, sourced in: cited in: Quoteinvestigator



Saying: Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.

Falsely attributed to Herbert Spencer [LoC 410] (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era; Michael StGeorge, The Survival of a Fitting Quotation

  • There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This prin-
    ciple is, contempt prior to investigation.
    William Paley (1743-1805) 18th-century English Christian apologist, A View of the Evidences of Christianity, 1794, cited in: Bill Griffith Wilson [Bill W.] [LoC 540] (1895-1971) US Ame-
    rican co-founder of the international mutual aid fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcoholics Anonymous – The Big Book online, 1st edition 1939, 4th edition 2001


  • At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice, and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. Aldous Huxley [LoC 485, work LoC 425] (1894-1963) English US American visionary humanist, pacifist, counterculture hero, poet, dystopian essayist, writer on parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, Tomorrow and Tomor-
    row and Tomorrow
    , Harper, New York, 1952




  • To be stupid, selfish and have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking
    the other two are useless.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) French novelist, author, Letters to Madame Louise Colet, 13. August 1846



  • When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-born US American professor of biochemistry, Boston University, author of popular science and science fiction books, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote


  • They (men) would sooner die than think. It is very curious that the universality of an opinion should have so much weight with people, as their own experience might tell them that its acceptance is an entirely thoughtless and merely imitative process. But it tells them nothing of the kind, because they possess no self-knowledge whatever.
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher, faculty member, author, How to Argue Logically.The Art of Controversy, E. Haldeman-Julius, 1. January 1926, Little Blue Book No. 364, 1. January 1920


  • It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block. Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) French painter, printmaker, sculptor, Biography, "Personal Quotes", cited in: AZ Quotes



  • The identity or nature of human evil is found in the origin of hurtful behaviors. That origin is misguided instinct (igno-
    ) and fear. Even when we lack courage or knowledge, we are still being guided by our simple instinct to benefit ourselves. No matter how brutal and terrifying our capacity to destroy one another, we are all just little children trying
    to find some goodness in our little lives. In all of our moral choosing there is the constant expression of this natural instinct to benefit ourselves and a corresponding instinctual simplicity of innocence that dwells in all humanity. In this Socratic perspective, human fear and ignorance make up the nature of human evil. What is the face of this human evil? Is it the face of a monster? Is it the face of the Devil? No, the face of human evil is the face of every lost and frightened child. It is the face of innocence under stress. Essay by Max Maxwell, A Socratic Perspective on The Nature of Human Evil, presented by the publication Socraticmethod.net, 2008


  • Socrates maintained that people are never motivated to bring harm to themselves. Since Socrates believed that wrongdoing always harmed the wrongdoer, he saw all wrongdoing as a mistake in judgment or an expression of igno-
    rance. This is especially true in cases where a life full of wrongdoing never physically harms the wrongdoer. Socrates
    believed that the most pitiable of humans were those who lived under the delusion that their wrongdoing benefited
    them. According to Socrates, the successful tyrant who is able to do great wrong for many years without ever being
    held accountable, was the most terribly harmed of all human beings. Socrates believed that doing injustice made us less just and diminished our character. For Socrates, harm to character, or the soul, is the greatest harm of all. Since Socrates believed that all wrongdoing harmed the wrongdoer, he believed that all people never choose to harm themselves and thus never choose to do wrong. When we see people knowingly doing wrong to others, they are not cognizant of the harm that their wrongdoing brings upon themselves. So it is that even the most flagrant examples of willful human wrongdoing, which may seem to contradict Socrates’ belief, actually confirm Socrates belief by being examples of our instinct to benefit ourselves misguided by ignorance. If all wrongdoing harms the wrongdoer and all people make decisions only to benefit themselves, then all people commit wrongdoing through ignorance and
    not through a will to do wrong.
    Essay by Max Maxwell, A Socratic Perspective on The Nature of Human Evil, presented by the publication Socraticmethod.net, 2008



  • The age old saying 'ignorance is bliss' withholds a mighty truth. This is not to say that a continued state of ignorance is blissful, it is rather to say that when one recognizes that one is ignorant of a subject it immediately puts them in the position to explore, with a childlike wonder, all the gems waiting to be found within the investigation.
    Marty Leeds, US American song writer, numerlogist, author, The Peacock's Tales. The Alchemical Writings of Claudia Pavonis, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, paperback, 27. January 2014 [*]


  • People get dumber by degrees. US American expression
    • [Je gelehrter, desto verkehrter.] German expression


  • You keep them stupid [via propaganda / faulty narratives],
    I'll make them poor. [via taxation based on fear/falsity].
    Expression of the feudalistic sovereign to the cleric counterpart regarding their joint agenda directed at the people/citizens (useful idiots)


Reference: en.Wikiquote entry Ignorance

Literary quotes

  • The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach (*1936) US American writer, Illusions, Laurel Books, 15. May 1981



Root of evil – ignorance

Ignorance is the root of evil.

♦ Ignorance and religion = terrorism.
♦ Ignorance and power = tyranny.
♦ Ignorance and freedom = chaos.
♦ Ignorance and money = corruption.
♦ Ignorance and poverty = crime.


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Grundlage: Text von Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nach Zehn Jahren, entnommen aus dem Buch Widerstand und Ergebung, GTB Gütersloher Verlagshaus Mohn siebenstern, 1978
Dumme Menschen in Machtpositionen sind gefährlicher als böse Menschen. Gegen böse Menschen kann man protestieren oder sie bekämpfen, gegen dumme Menschen ist man wehrlos, sie sind nicht zugänglich für logische Argumente.

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