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Ignorance isn't Bliss -- It Only Keeps You Ignorant

Sometimes I just wish I didn't know some dark things, but then I tell myself, "Would you rather be surprised and end up having to spend a lot of energy, time and money trying to fix a problem, deal with the aftermath...?  What is the sense of praying to God for advice/direction/his will and other things if you are unwilling to hear or do anything about the information in front of you?"

When we speak of wanting to know the truth, then why believe the hype?  The more mediums used to get knowledge to us, it seems the more people shut down.  "Just leave me be...I don't have time...That's too much to read...I ain't got no money."  Some African Americans don't want to know anything about how they are being impacted by media or anything else that is going to require their brains to critically think, their bodies to do something, or their spirits to turn back to God.  How do I know?  Because years back I use to be that way.  I didn't make time for any useful research online, because I was more concerned about the latest story on Yahoo.  I noticed that any dull stories (which were really the essential ones I needed to read) were being buried lower and lower on the website's front page over the years.

Too much of anything isn't good including online entertainment media and offline activities.  How much sitting on one's behind does he or she really need?  Like so many other ethnicities,  African Americans have their share of the blues and maybe that is why we tend to stay away from the negative news stories as much as we can.  Yet, sometimes we should take the time to know some things, if anything, for the sake of our children.

What is most important to you and to me?  Well lately when it comes to child-related issues whether locally or nationally I want to know: educational programs underway for math other than keeping common core around, pedophilia rings and kidnappings statewide and nationally, improvements on student loan and grant programs, as well as a myriad of other topics.  I just relocated not that long ago, so quite naturally I am curious about my community.  I also feel that it is significant to know about employment opportunities, health care availability, school district, programs for those terminated, layoffs and unemployment (like checking for patterns that might impact minorities being employed and remaining employed).

There is the information out there that might not be that important to you, but you still need to know like how to fix or re-purpose something rather than buying new or renting and learning about "minimalism." Which brings me to my next point, why aren't some of our people, who love to brag about their money, homes and cars, looking for knowledge that goes beyond what they see on TV if they are so concerned about the latest presidential pick?  Can I tell you the answers aren't found in mainstream media?

What bothers me is why formulate any opinion on current events when you aren't the least bit interested in performing research to learn more such as the long history that this country has with rigging the voting system and how the two parties are really one and the same...?  These aren't conspiracies folks no more than star athletes throwing games.  Ever wonder why some celebrities are paid so much and why others go off and start telling secrets?  Everything is spoon-fed to our nation to hide lie, cover-up, isolate, and eventually take a whistleblower off the face of this earth.  Unless you start thinking, questioning and eventually go rogue in your industry, family, and elsewhere and stop thinking like the herd--you will remain ignorant!  Take time to travel to where the questionable events are taking place, interview locals about what they know, find eye-opening information via alternative media, former workers, and find out who is connected to who when researching.  Sooner or later the truth will set you free.  I did something similar with questions I had related to law enforcement, health care, education, etc.  Learn how these people are trained and why they do what they do.

People with hidden agendas, whether elitists or not, appreciate those who choose to stay ignorant.  "That ain't got nothing to do with me...I don't care.  So what, let them do that, I can't do anything!  Why you bringing this to me, I'm good.  You know that's conspiracy besides n*ggas need to keep their mouths shut!"

Intelligent African American people find out what is meaningful to you and I and work hard to be sure they provide you with meaningless related topics, rather than the ones that could positively impact our lives.  Do you know there is a world of toys to educate the young people that Walmart wouldn't even bother to carry because they know you wouldn't buy them?  Did you know there are wealthy African American inventors that are alive today, but you don't know their names because they are rarely if ever mentioned in schools?  Did you know there are people in this world who died trying to get the truth to you about elitists blacks who work alongside racists to kill, steal, and destroy your families systematically?  Did you know that most media is created to influence the masses to do any number of things that meet governmental needs?  For example, need more military recruits make those video games and toys more accessible to those who live in economically depressed areas.  How about change your mind about what is good and what is evil by bombarding you with movies and books that are sin-friendly and break traditional spiritual views?  Now you are more likely to accept and be a part of some things that go against your morals. "Got you and your family", says the wolf in sheep's clothing!  Then what are you going to do, go back and tell everyone how, "It's's alright...I don't have any problem with those people, besides I am one..."  

So if you truly want to find out the latest information about what national or local government is up to and whether your local civic group is really a help or a hindrance to your community in mind, body and spirit, then do research!  What is really going on with a latest program and what is the long-term impact and has a similar program in another state or country been used and how did it affect those people later in life?  For instance, check out educational funding and new opportunities for the poor to attend school in your area.  Your local media will be sure to show yet another gang-related event, a "fun" human interest piece that you and others could care less about, or blow up a car chase, robbery or murder on every station in your area and repeat it over and over again to make you feel so down that you do nothing not even bother to clean your house.

The public's right to know is out the window and it has been this way for as long as I can remember. By the way I went to college for journalism and mass communications so that is why I am sensitive to media tomfoolery.  Nowadays, you don't have a right to know beyond the shooting that occurred in your community and how once again someone was let off.  You don't need to worry over where your tax dollars are going or not going, because it is assumed that your people don't bother to pay taxes anyway.  Why bother asking questions about what your country can do for you, since you don't plan on doing too much of anything for it?  They took a look at the welfare rolls.  You get the point.

Going back to the title of this blog entry, ignorance is bliss, but to who?  

Nicholl McGuire
Blog Owner and the Author of Know Your Enemy: The Christian's Critic 

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