Ignorance is bliss. I truly dislike that statement. First I’ll start by decomposing it. Is it in this case ignorance as in lack of knowledge or lack of awareness that there is knowledge that one has not yet acquired? And how can it create bliss? A word that is used to define enjoyment or pleasure. It may prevent unhappiness from not knowing what we are missing however lack of unhappiness does not mean that one is happy.
If a starving person is locked in a room, even if that person has no idea that outside of that room there is a feast being held, and is therefore ignorant, it does not change the fact that the person’s stomach will be hurting and gurgling from hunger. It is highly unlikely that the person will be happy. Some may argue that even if the person knew about the feast, because he or she was still locked in the room it would just lead to greater unhappiness. However now the door simply represents an obstacle, the person can choose to pick the lock, knock down the door and resolve his or her hunger. Absence of knowledge of something better does not mean someone is content. Otherwise governments that censored information to it’s people would have always stayed in power.
Lack of knowledge makes it hard to create something new, be it a new point of view or an actual invention or one may even waste the time trying to create something that already exists! Personally I am quite glad that so many have studied in order for me to live in a nice heated home instead of a stone cabin, that technology has evolved so much that I am typing this instead of handwriting it (which at least in my case since I my hand writing is almost illegible, it also increases the number of people that can read this).
In the end I don’t actually believe “ignorance is bliss”, is always an untrue statement, but it is also very far from an absolute one.