I thought that having much knowledge makes us happy, that it somehow makes us satisfied, but I feel otherwise. It got me to thinking that ignorance is bliss. The less we know, the less we want more, and I think that is one of the main problems of the humanity nowadays. Science has opened our eyes to many things that make us believe that we have answers to all questions. We feel powerful and superior to those who know less. For us, they are insignificant and inferior.
My job as a doctor allows me to uncover many great things about people, animals, plants, technology, and life because of the researches I do. Somehow, I feel like I have the key to the world, and I know how to go around my way of dealing with life. However, one holiday made me think otherwise, and I think to myself “Lucky are those who know nothing.”
I had the opportunity to have my one-week needed and well-deserved vacation, and my wife and I chose Thailand because she wanted to the elephants. I thought why not. They have pristine beaches too, so I will be able to relax and free myself from the stress caused by my job.
We got to spend four days swimming and touring, and then on our fourth to the final day, we decided to go to the local areas. At first, I thought it wasn’t a safe idea since we are hearing news about tourist abductions. Then we came to this remote area where we met the people inhabiting the place. They are the purest people I saw in my entire life.
We got to meet one of the locals named Dario. He welcomed us to his humble home, and it was really as simple as it could get. They barely have appliances. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen one. The only thing they adapted from technology are the lights on the ceiling.
The kids were happily playing outside with their pet dog, and they were much happier than my kids back home, all tapping on a four-cornered monitor. We talked, and they told us stories about their life, and I realized that they are the happiest people on this planet!
How can that be! I am a doctor. I know a lot and earn more than what they can in their entire lifetime. I get to send my kids to a prestigious school and get to drive a luxury car. I sleep on a comfortable bed and eat dishes prepared by world-renowned chefs and yet compared to them; I looked miserable.
I realized that it goes to show that knowledge is not everything. It is what makes us malcontent and greedy because we know there is more, and we can have more. People who know less or nothing about today’s innovations are free of its binding effect. They believe they already have all they need as opposed to us who think we need cars, phones, televisions, computers, and all other devices which we believe can help us. The problem with us people, especially those in the first world countries, is that we think of these things as necessities.
I was compelled to reflect, and I dare you to the same and look around. How many of the things you own are actually needs? Think of how relieved you would be if you wanted less. But then again, we are already acquainted with these things, and most of us don’t even know a world without technology. Trying to eliminate it from our lives is almost impossible.
My one week vacation allowed me to have a revelation. I could not believe what mindset I had all this time. In just 24 hours, I realized that knowledge is somehow a curse that I need to deal with for the rest of my existence and that ignorance is bliss indeed.