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‎"Of all the frictional resistance, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called "the greatest evil in the world." The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent." Nikola Tesla

Ignorance is a mental state lacking full knowledge or awareness. One can be intelligent yet lack awareness on any given topic. Ignorance can be cured by study with an open mind. A closed or made-up mind, then, preserves ignorance. Belief systems, composed of beliefs, opinions, dogma and doctrine, are all fixed knowledge and not open to more awareness and expanded knowledge.

Examples of locked-in Belief Systems are religion, political correctness, traditions, habits, dogmatic (peer reviewed) science, political party platforms, 'modern' school curricula, political correctness, unquestioning obedience to unelected authority, rigid rules and regulations, job descriptions, rule sets, etc.

Not to be confused with stupid? which is a lack of intelligence or ability to be made aware.

"Men are fighting... because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being." Ludwig von Mises?

See Also

Anu
Avidya
Belief
Darkness
Doctrine
Dogma
Error
Ignorance
Illusion
Opinion
Wisdom


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