<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 3/23/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Anne-Marie Taylor</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<br><div style="direction: ltr;"><div>I assumed that knowledge and ignorance must be part of the genes because</div> <div>some end up being wise while others are very content being ignorant. I</div> <div>was curious to know if sometimes it's easier being content and have
</div> <div>no stress or being wise and having a lot of responsibilities. (For a </div> <div>knowledgeable person has a super set of the range of options).</div> <div>Do you think it is part of our make up or do you think ignorance is
</div> <div>a choice?</div></div></blockquote><div><br><br>Becoming more knowledgeable is a choice. Since it is a choice that requires some not inconsiderable effort compared to remaining relatively ignorant it is not the default or most popular choice. Humans conserve energy generally speaking. It is certainly not easier than remaining ignorant. It tends to maximize longer term well-being and options for self and others. If one values short term ease more than long term viability then ignorance is chosen, mostly by default.