Ignorance – It’s as good as change

“Ignorance is afraid of change”, Nehru had once said. “The only good is knowledge and the only bad is ignorance”, Socrates once said.

I had a chance of listening to Ullas Kamath, Joint MD of Jyothi Labs, the manufacturers of Ujala, an indigo brand in India, it beats Hindustan Unilever in indigo sales by a mile. Someone asked Ullas how did you take on Hindustan Unilever, they are giants, what was your strategy?

“We had no strategy”, said he, “we were simply ignorant of the fact that we are competing with HUL. We were simply doing what we liked to do, ignorance paid”.

This was the time when my belief in going with the rhythm of life was further strengthened, being a risk taker and a fast decision maker I became all the more eager to discover more about ignorance. I did no experiments no research, just went ahead looking for reasons to be ignorant and reasons to change.

Have a look how ignorance keeps us going.

Every 4 minutes someone dies in a road accident in India, ignorance to it lets us be on the road without worrying much.

137000 people died in road accidents in India in 2013, much more than death in all wars India has fought. Still being on the road is considered less hazardous than being in the army. Ignorance again lets us be on roads every day.

Ignorance of dangerous reactions, that vaccines can have on kids, lets us administer vaccines to kids without worries.

Observing kids gives you biggest lessons on advantages of ignorance.

A 9-month-old toddler played in the courtyard, her mother went to fetch milk for the young one. While crawling toddler found a snake crawling around and playfully grasped it. In the meantime mother stepped out of house, sight was frightening for her, and she screamed and dropped the milk bottle, quivering. Taking advantage of kid’s diverted attention the snake wriggled out of the hands of the kid and vanished into the boundary of courtyard. Mother embraced the kid and sobbed, just at the thought of consequence which had not happened. At the same time, kid knew nothing, ignorant of the fact the snake can be dangerous she had played unharmed.

Almost always, fear stems from our ability to over think about possible outcomes of an event, we think of scenarios which can’t occur and they don’t actually occur. Ignorance to consequences translates into risk taking ability. A wise man once said, “Look before you leap, but, he who hesitates is lost”. A kid always explores surroundings oblivious of the consequences of her acts. Ignorant of the fact that a fall from bed will hurt her, a kid never prepares for the fall- it’s one of the most important factors why a kid rarely gets a grievous injury from a fall.

Go with the voice of heart and rhythm of life. Be ignorant.

“To succeed in life you need two things: Ignorance and confidence”- Mark Twain.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Feb 18, 2016 @ 09:59:39

    I agree.

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  2. Sharat Pathak
    Feb 18, 2016 @ 09:00:30

    true. but at times you dont get full perspective of risks and opportunities, thats the time when sixth sense leads us.

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  3. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 18:15:47

    Sometimes ignorance can be a bliss as it urges one to do something what one wouldn’t otherwise do. However gives a choice I think it would be better to weigh the risks, prepare oneself and take the plunge.

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