In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna speaks about death, rather strongly. He says that death in this material world is inevitable. Yet our mind helps us ignore it to us.
Is that good or bad?
We keep running on the hedonistic treadmill in pursuit of materialistic things, as if we are eternal.
There is this famous dictum ‘Ignorance is bliss.’ (a phrase coined by Thomas Gray in his 1768 “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College”.
Similar were the thoughts expressed by Publilius Syrus:
In nil sapiendo vita iucundissima est.
(In knowing nothing, life is most delightful.)
A monkey somehow got a looking glass and showed it to all the animals – bear, wolf, stag, etc.
These animals seeing their faces, were unhappy with their ugly faces.
When it was the turn of Owl, it said, ‘I will not look. For sure, knowledge is a source of pain.
Saying ‘ignorance is bliss,’ the monkey broke the glass.
Many have a false impression that we know. But we don’t. Knowing things entirely and correctly is bliss. Else, its hurts (from KGF 2)
During the performance appraisal cycles, we often find that we are supposed to give and receive feedback
Often the boss innocuously asks – please share some feedback about my style of functioning
In such situations, let us say someone gives you feedback that is brutal but true. Of course, its good for you in the long run. But what about now? You feel quite shattered
So then, what is the solution?
Remain ignorant about your shortcomings or have the courage to know about them?
What do you think?
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