“Ignorance is bliss.” Charlotte Michele Hansen.

Preface added on September 10, 2016.

This Roland’s Ramblings entry was inspired by Charlotte Michele Hansen.

Charlotte was nicknamed Charlie by her father, Garry T. Hansen, formerly known as Garry Thomas Bogdanski, the son of William (Bill) Bogdanski, and by her mother, Lorraine Michele Hansen, née Rinehart.

Thank you, Charlie. charlotte-hansen-2006_2016-2
And thank you, Garry and Lorraine, for the formative cognitive seeds you planted within your daughter. garryandlorrainejanuary2013

And now to continue on to the blog entry,

“Ignorance is bliss.” Charlotte Michele Hansen.

“Not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.”
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“It’s everywhere! Why are people happier in their on secluded worlds, lying to themselves and putting others down for a belief that they might have? Why are wars started over religion when no one knows the truth? Why are children beat up for being different? … Why is ignorance such sweet bliss to humanity and yet, at the same time, destroying us?”
*** The above quote is an excerpt of a comment that I read on Why is ignorance bliss? over at AllPoetry.com/Philosophy.

On a more personal note, a few phrases that Charlotte Hansen, the 22 year-old [on February 21, 2011] {daughter of the half-brother (he and I were born of the same mother, but of different fathers) who has disowned me, i.e. Garry Thomas Bogdanski Hansen}, wrote on Facebook got me wondering about ignorance when Charlie penned her phrases in reference to me. I am thinking of her statements in which she used the phrases “Short Man syndrome (better known as the Napoleon complex)” and “you act more as a psychologist than an uncle” and “your urge to be perceived as the intellectual” – and that is just a few of them.

With that in mind, I found another web site that has a page containing this first sentence: “I’ve been warned that the intellectual’s life is somewhat disheartening because we know too much.” To take a look and have a good read, just move that computer mouse on over to If Ignorance is Bliss, What Should Intellectuals Do? from Philosophistry.com.


For some additional interesting reading as to that which inspired this Roland’s Rambling blog entry, go on over to read the previous Roland’s Rambling entry of Napoleon Complex; Short Man’s SyndromePosted on January 30, 2011 


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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8 Responses to “Ignorance is bliss.” Charlotte Michele Hansen.

  1. Aunt Betty says:

    On a personal note also, our friend who just died had short term memory. He did not know how sick he was. There was an article in the newspaper recently that talked about a study in the Netherlands that people who did not know too much about their illness were much happier and much more comfortable than people who knew.


  2. Tim Higgins says:


    Thanks for the insight. I now begin to understand why I lead such blissful existence.


  3. Tim, I wonder how Blissfield, Michigan came to have that name.


  4. Tim Higgins says:


    City names are mostly a mystery to me. They began in my youth with ‘What Cheer, IA’, but reached new levels of mystification when traveling in the Amish areas around Lancaster, Pennsylvania and discovering ‘Intercourse’ and (just down the road) ‘Blue Balls’. Somehow, that makes Blissfield seem the next logical step.


  5. Roland says:

    Maybe ignorance is the way to go. After all, it requires no thinking ability of any kind.


  6. Pingback: Joseph Desgrange and “Ignorance is bliss.” | Roland's Ramblings

  7. I wonder how the phrase “smarty pants” originated. I think I will do a little research to learn the answer.
    Hey, I may be stupid, but I am not dumb.


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