There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.
— John Heywood
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Your mother once told Aunt Mo that her divorce lawyer cares more for you boys than your favorite aunt. Do you think that is true? Do you think a guy who works for money cares more about you than your aunt, who has cared for you for all those years without accepting a dime?
I tell you this to show you that many succumb to deliberate blindness, even friends and loved ones. They choose not to see or not to hear, thinking ignorance is bliss.
Ignorance is a false god. Don’t worship at that altar. Many do to their peril. They distract themselves with electronic toys, cars, booze, etc., hoping life’s problems will go away if they don’t think about it. They are wrong.
Ignorance provides but momentary relief. As a friend frequently likes to say, “Gravity doesn’t care if you believe it exists.” The problem you are trying to ignore exists regardless of your belief.
The shark that is bearing down on you does so even if you close your eyes and plug your ears. The only chance you have to survive is to keep your eyes and ears open so you can find the best escape route.
Always keep an open mind. Always question your assumptions. We all have them.
Beware the snake oil salesman who tells you things you want to hear. Keeping you close-minded is to his benefit, not yours. Do you think it benefits your mom’s divorce lawyer to have her listen only to him and not your aunt? Of course, it does. The more she listens to him, the more she asks him for advice, the more money he makes. On the other hand, does your aunt makes money if your mom listened to her? No.
Willful blindness helps no one, but those who profit off your ignorance. Why would you willfully allow them that pleasure? Don’t.
All my love, always,