April 21, 2014

Ignorance Is Not An Excuse Monday

As a teacher I believe that the answer to our most pressing problems can be found through education and learning. I also believe that each of us is ultimately responsible for our own education, because it is impossible to force someone to learn something.

We must choose to drink from the waters of knowledge ourselves. Unfortunately, many are choosing not to satiate their thirst.

Many people maintain a willful ignorance of ecological realities in order to continue high-consumption lifestyles. If knowing means change, they would rather not know.

But "I didn't know" has never been a valid excuse for anything.

It is our responsibility as citizens of this planet to banish our ignorance by:

  1. Observing
  2. Thinking
  3. Studying
  4. Applying

Doing the hard work of education and learning will provide us with all the answers to our seemingly intractable problems.

But we must first choose to go there ourselves.


  1. I love the quote at the top! I think this is true for everything. I constantly say something similar when people tell me they are too "busy". When someone tells me they are too busy, they are saying that whatever they are too busy for is just not important. This especially bothers me when someone says it to me regarding a delay in responding to me or doing something with me. What they are really saying is that I was at the bottom of the priority list. There is always time for everything if you want to make the time.

    Excellent post!

    1. MarieG,

      You are right - as soon as you set your mind to something, it is pretty much going to happen. You will find the time.


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