IGNORANCE

Definition of Ignorance: lack of knowledge or information

Synonyms of Ignorance:  incomprehension, unawareness, unconsciousness, inexperience, unfamiliarity with, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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Initially we trust in our ignorance, calling it innocence, and next we trust our innocence, calling it purity. Then when we hear strong statements from our HP, (the Beatitudes) we shrink back, saying, “But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart.”

We resent what He reveals. Am I prepared to trust the penetration of His Word into my heart, or would I prefer to trust my own ‘innocent ignorance’? As long as I remain under the false security of my own ‘innocence,’ I am living in a fool’s paradise.  –Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest | More…

Ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge. I had no idea how serious my alcoholism was, how pervasive in all areas of my life it had developed, how destructive and negative I had become until I was made to “see” reality in treatment. I opened my eyes to see my ignorance and I knew I needed to change my attitude if I was to recover. The enemy of the spiritual life is ignorance because it stops us from realizing that the strength and healing power of spirituality has been given by God. –Father Leo

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