Thought Questions

Thought Questions, day 67: What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 67: What is the difference between innocence and ignorance? In the simplest terms, I would say that innocence means you’re unable to know something, while ignorance means you could know but choose not to. So, for example–a young child who doesn’t understand that there are lots of different cultures in the world, all different but none inferior to another, is innocent because they cannot possess that knowledge. Whereas a jingoistic adult is perfectly capable of educating themselves but chooses not to, and is thus guilty of ignorance.


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