Word For Today: Overcoming Ignorance

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”- Derek Bok
Ama was preparing groundnut soup when her younger sister approached her.

Ama’s sister: What are you doing?
Ama: I am preparing groundnut soup.
Ama’s sister: Oh okay. That’s nice.
Ama: Wait. That’s vinegar.
Ama’s sister: Yes. Why?
Ama: Have you ever seen mum using vinegar to prepare groundnut soup? Don’t be ignorant.

What’s ignorance?
“According to Wikipedia, “ignorance” is the lack of knowledge. Another definition says that “ignorance” is not having enough knowledge, understanding or information about something. So what am I supposed to do to overcome ignorance?

Realize the extent of your own ignorance

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance”- Thomas Sowell

The first thing that you need to do to be able to overcome ignorance is by realizing the extent of your own ignorance. Why? Because without realizing the extent of your own ignorance, there is no way you can do something about your “problem” (Ignorance is a problem). “The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing”- Jean Toomer

Acquire knowledge

“The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds”- John F. Kennedy
After realizing the extent of your own ignorance, the second thing that you need to do to be able to overcome ignorance is by acquiring knowledge. Let’s define the two keywords which is acquire and knowledge. What’s the meaning of acquire? Acquire simply means to learn or develop a skill or habit. What’s the meaning of knowledge? Knowledge is facts or information acquired through experience or education. Someone might ask “so how am I supposed to acquire knowledge?”

  • Choose a “subject” that you know nothing about.
  • Acquire a lot of information or facts about that particular “subject”.

“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire”- L. Frank Baum

Written by – Kofi Addo

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