DailyBlog : The Difference Between Ignorance and Innocence

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For the sake of blogging and self-exploration and contemplation, I answer a question a day off of this list.

Today’s question : What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?

I think there’s actually a distinctive difference between the. Innocence suggests an association with something good, such as a child who has not yet been through heartache, pain, etc, who believes in the magical. Innocence is “purity”. Not in the sexual sense in my opinion but in the heart. It’s something yet untainted by the bad things in the world, un-jaded and sweet. You think of the word “innocent” and you see in your mind the face of a cute little girl with pig tales playing with My-Little-Ponies. Ahh the days before the real world hit us with it’s cane! But it’s a nostalgia for those of us who have been through a lot, who lost that sense of wonder, that blind hope, that idea that the world is a good place and the non-fearful yearning to explore it.

Ignorance, on the other hand has negative connotations. Ignorance is a word associated with someone who lacks education, not even in the “degree/diploma” sense necessarily, but people who have not been taught the most basic of human concepts such as kindness, acceptance, how to be a good person. Ignorance is a word often associated with rednecks, bigots, and – well let’s summarize this as simply as possible; people who support Donald Trump. i.e. People who think that hate is the answer to ANYTHING.

Then there is “willful ignorance” in which a person refuses to become educated on a topic because they would rather not know the truth. I could essentially go on and on about ignorance but the bottom line is that no matter how you specifically view ignorance, it’s always a negative thing.

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