Training ourselves to feel morally obliged
Ignorance is bliss, but ignorance is the opposite of attentiveness, insightfulness, reasonableness, and responsibleness. The latter four states of being is what Fr. Bernard Lonergan describes as the transcendental precepts of authenticity.
Thus, to pretend to be ignorant is to fool ourselves; and it is very inauthentic.
How many times have we tried convincing ourselves that we don’t need to know more? To exert a bit more effort? To just wait for the apple to fall from the tree? To just pray for manna to fall from heaven when the bread is just a few walks away?
Ignorance is illusory bliss because it is the state when we conveniently choose to not ask questions or stop exerting effort anymore. But what we don’t realize is the moment we kill our curiosity is the moment we start murdering our authentic self.
Luke 21:5-11. “All that you see here the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 326: NOVEMBER 22, 2022]