It is often said that what a man does not know, can’t kill him”. For long I was meant to believe this, until my findings proved this statement to be not only false but ironic. Nothing has a better chance of killing a man than the things he doesn’t know. The Holy Bible attest to this by stating “my people perish for lack of knowledge “. Jesus described knowledge of the truth as the only thing that can make a man free. Ignorance therefore not only kills but can put a man in chains. Bob Marley called it “mental slavery ” in redemption song. With all the known danger of ignorance I still find it hard to understand why people fear poverty, disease and death more than ignorance. Though diseases had been a discovered threat to human beings for years. But, Ignorance is a plague I know that is more deadly than diseases. Diseases had killed many, ignorance had killed many more. In fact, ignorance kills faster and more effective than any disease you can think of. Research had proven that 80 percent of the people living with diseases contracted it as a result of ignorance. 60% died of the disease because they lack the knowledge of how to maintain it – still traceable to ignorance. To a certain extent, ignorance is a universal condition – we are all ignorant of one thing or the other. But the degree of ignorance make a difference. African for example, are living in lack not because we are black – as most people thought – but because we lack the knowledge required to live above lack and want. This reflects the common saying that “If you are not inform, you will definitely be deformed”. Diseases hardly make people poor – At least I have seen and heard of numerous successful people that are struggling with disease. But, ignorant successful people are scarce. If I am to tag a single cause of poverty, I will say people are poor because of their unawareness about what they can do to succeed. Millions opportunities exist, the inability to acknowledge and maximize them makes poverty. Ignorance is the source of most suffering. Africa is almost synonymous to suffering. Unemployment become our daily song, five thousand people apply for a single post, poor African is almost a proverb. All these are happening not because we are poor as a nation, neither because God didn’t bless us. But, because we are ignorant of what and how to effectively utilize the resource in our possession. Diseases made Africa their habitation not because of our geographical location but because of the level of ignorance. The bad news is that neither heavenly nor earthly court will accept ignorance as an excuse. God watched His people destroyed because they lack knowledge Hosea 4:6. That is to tell you how much God detest people who hated knowledge. But the good news is that you don’t have to travel half the world to get the knowledge that will render ignorance inactive. How to overcome ignorance
- Accept that ignorance is deadly
- Be aware of your ignorance
- Make a decision to declare war against it.
- Chose to expand your knowledge.
- Develop a strong discipline culture to follow your decision
- Utilize every available opportunity to learn new things on daily
- Create one if the said opportunities are not visible
- Kill your ego
- Reading books can be a cure too. And it is cheap.
To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it. Let me close with a quote from Atwood Townsend “No matter how busy you think or claim you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self chosen ignorance”