The signs of ignorance include:
- Not knowing which fork/spoon/napkin/scalpel to use during a fancy dinner.
- Not replacing the empty toilet paper roll with a full one.
- Talking on your cell phone while driving/in the line at the drugstore/while on a date--(and it's not to your date, or worse, you are on a date, talking to potential date about your date.)
- Not bathing/shaving/tweezing/BATHING...bathe, really please people..... baaaaathe.
- Gazing at other people's body parts longingly/lecherously.
- Yelling from your car window, "Nice _____!!"...you get the idea.
- Asking if you can speak to my husband about negotiating a bill (...seriously dude? What century is this??)
- leaving your furniture/old clothes/broken house goods on the corner where you live with a "$200 OBO" sign on them, and truly believing that some git will actually pay you $200 for your trash.
- Thinking that everyone believes the same way that you do.
- Believing that you do know everything.
There is actually a simple fix for all of the above examples of ignorance: they are called books, dear friends*. Barnes & Noble has an ENTIRE section devoted to etiquette (proper knife/spoon/scalpel usage during fancy dinners), housekeeping (toilet paper replacement), technology (cell phone usage), hygiene (bathing), and just about anything else you can think of.
If for some reason you can't afford Barnes & Noble during these tough economic times, there is a lovely little place called the public library that offers books, videos, microfiche, periodicals and often even lectures on topics you may be in need of.
And the best part? IT'S FREE!!!
Recently, someone told me that they just weren't that good at communicating. This was after a painful exchange where they had said things to another human that no person should utter out loud. They were using their ignorance as an excuse for their bad behavior, and when they were trying to justify it to me, the Greek in me exclaimed, (arms wildly gesticulating) "Friend, TAKE A CLASS. There are lovely people who can teach you to communicate like gentleman instead of an ABSOLUTE GIT."
I don't know if he's taken me up on my advice.
But I do know this: if you realize that there's something you don't know, you have the power to fix it.
Annnnnd, if you aren't sure what it is, ask your mother...she'll tell you.
*READING this or any content based blog disqualifies you from ignorance from the basic fact that you are READING. (Have I mentioned how important READING is to combating ignorance?) Please feel free to pass this post along to any whom you believe to be afflicted, as bad or offending news usually comes better from a complete stranger. You can then plead "justifiable ignorance" when they accuse you of accusing them of being ignorant and say something like, "I didn't realize I'd sent you that blog link about ignorance in your inbox...!" I'll never tell...
How do you combat ignorance?