The Joy Of Blissful Ignorance

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There’s nothing like the smell of bacon. A new restaurant opened up in my office building. The concept fascinates me. Three different restaurants share a space. Each serves a different kind of comfort food. I planned on going for lunch. I do not indulge every day, but an occasional splurge does your soul good.

This Killed It

I peeked through the window. They hadn’t opened yet. I looked inside and one sight killed the possibility for me. Sitting outside one of the counters were several giant jugs of soybean oil.

I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to food. I splurge on an occasional treat. Most of the time, I eat clean. When I saw that giant jug of soybean oil, it made me sick. Yeah, I know most restaurants cook with a lot of crap that kills us. I’m fine with it as long as I don’t know about it. Once aware, it etches a picture in my memory — a memory impossible to forget.

Blissful Ignorance

I was content with my ignorance of how they cooked their food. As long as I didn’t know, I could eat there and enjoy it. Once I saw with my own eyes the game was up. You cannot unsee something. History blesses us with stories of people who live in ignorance about an injustice. They become aware of it and do something about it.

What if we could make this into a regular practice? What if we could make a list of ten things we’re blissfully ignorant about and then take steps to eradicate that ignorance? Here’s the answer. I don’t know what would happen, but I will take on the challenge.

I put together a list of five things I am ignorant about. It takes some courage to admit this. I’ll look to knock off one every two weeks for the next ten weeks. At the end of the ten weeks, I’ll evaluate whether any of my beliefs or behaviors change as a result of this exercise.

My List Of Five

  1. Where do my jeans come from and what journey do they take (from the origin of cotton to the store shelves)?
  2. How did we elect my Congressman? Yes, I know we voted him in. How and why did the party groom him to run in the first place?
  3. Where does my coffee come from (how beans are grown, picked, processed and shipped and by whom)?
  4. What is in all that stuff vented from my chimney?
  5. What does the cell phone supply chain look like?

Will giving up my ignorance lead to new behaviors, beliefs or change my life trajectory? We shall see.

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