COLLECTIVE BREATH – Episode: 31
Week of Sunday, February 7th, 2021
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life is trying to live
while preparing to die
in strife vying to give
daring to fathom why
“Stop it, I’m hearin’ the comments
The critics are calling me conscious
But truthfully, every shooter be callin’ me Compton
So truthfully, only calling me Kweli and Common?
Proves that ignorance is bliss”
— Pulitzer Prize Winner Kendrick Lamar
‘Ignorance is Bliss’
A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at http://www.sidewayseight.co which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.
“The saying “Ignorance is bliss” originates in Thomas Gray’s poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742). The quote goes: “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” Face it: you were better off not knowing that, weren’t you?
Generally speaking, ignorance is a detestable state of mind. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to deal with life. But ignorance itself doesn’t equal stupidity.”
Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.
This Weeks Writing Prompt:
This week’s Prompt : Write in response to the phrase ‘Ignorance is Bliss’
I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.
Quote(s) of the Week:(6)
“If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face…”
— Zack De La Rocha
He is best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rock band Rage Against the Machine. Wikipedia
“People are supposed to fear the unknown, but ignorance is bliss when knowledge is so damn frightening.”
“Is there anything science should not try to explain? Science is knowledge and knowledge is power – power to do good or evil. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.”
“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
“Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is Bliss. But curiosity—even if it had killed the cat—is king.”
“When it comes to impending, unavoidable extinction, ignorance is bliss.”
I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.
Piece or Pieces of the Week: (2)
“Ignorance is venomous, and it murders the soul
Spreadin’ like a virus, runnin’ rampant, out of control”
— Caught in the Hustle
Bliss is Ignorance
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
For further personal reading
Is Ignorance bliss?
Examples of Ignorance is Bliss
Smart Quotes for Dumb Times
Next Week’s Writing Prompt:
Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: ‘What is Love?‘
Closing Sentiments and an Invitation
“You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.”
That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the details/description section of the ‘Collective Breath’ Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page. The link is also in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath
“If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?”
— Thomas Jefferson
‘Keep’ (my frictionless benediction)
Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.
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