Sunday, February 21, 2010

Q: Who do you fear most?
A: "It's not a who, it's a what. I fear ignorance." (Agent Gideon, Criminal Minds)

This question/answer was just on a show I was watching. I feel the same way. Ignorance is something that I fear, hate, stress over, and worry about.

"Ignorance: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness."
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Ignorance means you don't know about something. Whether or not you are making a conscious choice or not is where my concern is. There are plenty of things that we can ignore and not care about, but there are many other issues that we need to address as a world, country, society, culture, family and as individuals. Educated choices that need our full attention. Problems that arise that are affecting others, and may soon affect us either directly or indirectly. We may like to think that we live in a bubble, but the fact is that our actions or inactions are felt by people we may never know. One misspoken word, one misdeed, one inappropriate action, or one unkind gesture may lead someone in a direction they may not ever have taken. It is those seemingly insignificant actions that we do in ignorance that may haunt our society for years.

So, in 5 words or less,
Q: What do you fear most?


mamamuniz said...

I can't do it 5 words or less! I agree about ignorance. I would probably choose that, but how about inaction. When good people stand by and do nothing. That's a close second.

H said...

Bravo Mama! So very true. What good is the knowledge of what needs to be done without actually doing it?! Impressive thoughts.

proud parents said...

Failure to act, failure to understand, failure to be that potential. Failure is a void. It not only negates the positive outcomes of success, it takes away any growth, enlightenment, harmony, and transcendence from one state to another. It is the two steps back to the one step forward. Whatever else you may be afraid of, it's because it is the failure of something else, like ignorance or inaction.

Jaylee Draney said...

Big surprise here: Not having control over something.

Sara said...

Letting people down. I think that openly admitting that requires me to instantly go back to counseling. Thanks!

Bill said...

Not being able to provide for my family

H said...

WOW! These are some great answers that I never expected.
Jennifer-very good points!
Jaylee-you say it, and I believe some of it, but you're far from the control freaks that I know.
Sara-I'll go with you.
Bill-sometimes providing love and support goes further than money ever will.

如此的 said...

When everything is coming your way, you are in the wrong lane.............................................

April said...

I fear never being able to forgive.
I fear not getting the love I want.
I fear the agency of my children.
I fear boredom.
I fear taking advantage of people.
I fear optimism, it maims my soul.
I fear healing my mind, my past.
I fear never being good enough.
I fear losing my sense of humor.
I fear indifference.
I fear becoming complacent and too content.
I fear only having boys, more boys.

I fear your wrath since it's more than you asked for, but I used 'than,' so we're good, right?