The Bliss of Ignorance

blissI have a friend who is, shall we say, “crunchy” (in the best sense of the word). She and her family eschew many modern conveniences such as dishwashers, fast food, and big box stores in favor of doing things the old fashioned way. They are environmentally conscious to a fault and very outdoorsy. A few decades ago I guess they would have been borderline hippies. I don’t say this to be derogatory, only to explain. I actually admire their lifestyle for its simplicity and the closeness it generates within their family and I respect many of the choices they’ve made.

This past week I discovered another benefit to their simple life: Ignorance. I don’t mean that these


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10 Responses to The Bliss of Ignorance

  1. Zahra says:

    Thanks for the post. It really helped put things in perspective. Sometimes you lose track and get lost in all the hype. My goal for the rest of the year is to stop obsessively check my investments and watch tv to see what’s happening in the market.

  2. Sharman says:

    Great post, and we should all take the attitude of your neighbor. Worrying will not change anything or add another day to your life. Matter of fact, it will probably take days away from your life. This season will pass and be forgotten until the next crisis comes. Such is life!

  3. Jay Gatsby says:

    Reminds me of two stanzas of the serenity prayer:

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

  4. ryemikki says:

    what a great life they’ve got! if more Americans are living that way, i believe we wouldn’t be going through this financial crisis crap now.
    And it’s really great that your view towards these people are very respectful. :)

  5. Dave Drew says:

    It’s okay to ignore the media coverage of this current economy as long as you have a good saving ethic and steady income.

    I remember when I didn’t care about the economy and lived through two big economic failures like they never existed. I say avoid the news.

    I’ve been trying to get rid of the TV for years, but my wife wants it. Financial ignorances is not bliss though. Stay on top of your game for saving money.

    Dave Drew

  6. typome says:

    Thanks for this; I really needed it. I tend to worry, and not just about the economy, but my health too, but now I realize that I shouldn’t worry about things that I have no control over. Instead, I made a list of things that I CAN do and am going to focus on those instead. Otherwise I felt like I was burdening myself with issues that I couldn’t solve.

  7. bigtimetopbanana says:

    My wife was at the recent Bioneers conference and called me very motivated about getting rid of our TV because there were way to many important things to focus on and learn about…

    I completely agreed…

    And then the next day, and asked her if removing the TV could wait until November 5th !

    I want it both ways !!!!

  8. Carol says:

    I am really trying to follow this advice, but I am a news junkie too, so it’s hard to stop watching. Sort of like picking at a zit! Anyway, you are right, there is so much fear everywhere and an awful lot of it is over what might happen, not over what is actually happening at the moment.

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  10. Gail says:

    We have a TV only used to wathc vidoes and DVDs as it isn’t connected to the outside. We get no newspaper, so about my only news source is glimpses of headlines via my internet portal and that is more than enough. I think that is why this current crisis seems so bad, is that people are so glued to their TVs and news sources that it feels like a train wreck, yet really like your friend, how does it affect your day to day living? We live in our house and plan to stay here long term so housing prices aren’t an issue for us–and you don’t want to know what I think about a bailout for all those clucks who had to keep up with the Jones and bought more house than they could afford from the first payment on. Stocks prices fluctuate and so I was happy to buy some more shares at half price–think of current stock prices as stocks being on sale–stock up while they are cheap (make sure it is a decent stock in the first place).

    But most of all, go on living. Turn off that TV and take up knitting or wood carving or read a good book. Live your life instead of stressing yourself out with worry.

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