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“The mountain of ignorance must be pulled down.”

— Sunday Adelaja, Share via Whatsapp

“Religions are the children of ignorance, and they do not long survive their mother. - On Religion”

— Arthur Schopenhauer, The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion, Share via Whatsapp

“If I’m going to be frankly honest about my ignorance, the question I should be asking God about life is, “What are the questions I should be asking about life?”

— Craig D. Lounsbrough, Share via Whatsapp

“Bernstein quoted from a speech Kennedy would have delivered a few hours before the assassination: “America’s leadership must be guided by learning and reason.” The loss he said, was only deepened by the awareness that it had been the product of the exact antipodes of learning and reason—“ignorance and hatred.” … “Learning and Reason: those two words of John Kennedy’s were not uttered in time to save his own life; but every man can pick them up where they fell, and make them part of himself, the seed of that rational intelligence without which our world can no longer survive. This must be the mission of every man of goodwill: to insist, unflaggingly, at risk of becoming a repetitive bore, but to insist on the achievement of a world in which the mind will have triumphed over violence.”

— Maria Popova, Figuring, Share via Whatsapp

“A great soul admits its faults and explores its ignorance. We are born oblivious and through a life of study, we become acutely aware of our limitations.”

— Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls, Share via Whatsapp

“He who studies but does not think is lost; he who thinks but does not study is dangerous.”

— Confucius, Analects of Confucius, Share via Whatsapp

“Some things are made funny to some people by their ignorance.”

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Share via Whatsapp

“THE INSTRUCTION OF PTAHHOTEP Epilogue Part II The fool who does not hear, He can do nothing at all; He sees knowledge in ignorance, Usefulness in harmfulness. He does all that one detests And is blamed for it each day; He lives on that by which one dies. His food is distortion of speech. His sort is known to the officials, Who say: A living death each day.” One passes over his doings, Because of his many daily troubles. A son who hears is a follower of Horus, It goes well with him when he has heard. When he is old has reached veneration. He will speak likewise to his children, Renewing the teaching of his father. Every man teaches as he acts, He will speak to the children, So that they will speak to their children: Set an example, don’t give offense, If justice stands firm your children will live. As to the first who gets into trouble, When they see (it) people will say: “That is just like him.” And will say to what they hear: That’s just like him too.” To see everyone is to satisfy the many, Riches are useless without them. Don’t take a word and then bring it back, Don’t put one thing in place of another. Beware of loosening the cords in you, Lest a wise man say: “Listen, if you want to endure in the mouth of the hearers. Speak after you have mastered the craft!” If you speak to good purpose. All your affairs will be in place. Conceal your heart, control your mouth. Then you will be known among the officials; Be quite exact before your lord. Act so that one will say to him: He’s the son of that one.” And those who hear it will say: “Blessed is he to whom he was born!” Be deliberate when you speak, So as to say things that count; Then the officials who listen will say: “How good is what comes from his mouth!” Act so that your lord will say of you: “How good is he whom his father taught; When he came forth from his body. He told him all that was in (his) mind, And he does even more than he was told,” Lo, the good son, the gift of god, Exceeds what is told him by his lord, He will do right when his heart is straight. As you succeed me, sound in your body. The king content with all that was done. May you obtain (many) years of life! Not small is what I did on earth, I had one hundred and ten years of life As gift of the king, Honors exceeding those of the ancestors, By doing justice for the king. Until the state of veneration!”

— Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms, Share via Whatsapp

“Some people are not brave but ignorant of the danger they are in.”

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Share via Whatsapp

“When you are not aware that you are a sinner, how can you run to the savior for deliverance? Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness.”

— ANIKOR Daniel, Share via Whatsapp

“The optometry industry profits immensely from most people’s blindness to the fact that civilization has made eye exercises a necessity for most people.”

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Share via Whatsapp

“Individual humans know embarrassingly little about the world, and as history progressed, they came to know less and less. A hunter-gatherer in the Stone Age knew how to make her own clothes, how to start a fire, how to hunt rabbits and how to escape lions. We think we know far more today, but as individuals, we actually know far less. We rely on the expertise of others for almost all our needs. In one humbling experiment, people were asked to evaluate how well they understood the workings of an ordinary zip. Most people confidently replied that they understood them very well – after all, they use zips all the time. They were then asked to describe in as much detail as possible all the steps involved in the zip’s operation. Most had no idea.2 This is what Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach have termed ‘the knowledge illusion’. We think we know a lot, even though individually we know very little, because we treat knowledge in the minds of others as if it were our own.”

— Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Share via Whatsapp

“The arrogant generally deem the humble ignorant.”

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Share via Whatsapp

“What makes me think that I can define reality when I can scarcely define myself.”

— Craig D. Lounsbrough, Share via Whatsapp

“I think she’s too ignorant to be a witch.”

— Muriel Spark, The Comforters, Share via Whatsapp

“A person who does not read and never seeks to increase personal knowledge will always remain imprisoned by ignorance and unable to escape a cellblock of drudgery and despair.”

— Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls, Share via Whatsapp

“You do not yet know either that ignorance and fear will be thrusting their untruth and false show into the very essentials of Religion.”

— Ik Marvel, Dream life: fable of the seasons, Share via Whatsapp