The statement that ignorance is bliss is a rather popular one.
Used derisively – often against Church members and Scientology practitioners, I might add – but is this statement itself actually true?
If one is using the ARC triangle, then according to the statement, this supposedly blissful person has a high affinity for life or at least a subject, and yet no reality on either life nor a subject (i.e. “the real world”).
Thus this implies an at least somewhat delusional person.
By the way, this statement is solely credited to Thomas Gray, a man who at a young age was surrounded by death (all 11 of his siblings died), mental illness and abuse.
Needless to say, this probably led to his retreat from the world as he became a relatively isolated bookworm and largely lived in an abstract world himself (i.e. the ivory towers of academia).
It also appears he had serious difficulty with social interactions as he lost his best friend over a squabble in which the friend wished to go to fashionable parties, while Gray wanted to look at historical objects. He also held his peers and professors in contempt, which may explain why these people played a prank on him later.
Unable to take a joke he moved to another college as a result. He also was one of the least productive poets, highly self-critical and lazy per his own admissions, and that which he did publish predominantly focused on death albeit with a humorous approach – that is to say, he was funny to those who find morbid gallows humor amusing.
Notably all his best works deal with death, and interestingly he feared fame and success – quite possibly protecting others from him as well as vice-versa as man is basically good. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gray)
To say that Gray was a very low-toned person (very likely residing around 1.3 (expressed) resentment), is to belabor the obvious, if one knows the characteristics of people on the emotional tone scale. But as this is not a hit piece on Gray taking place 250 years after his death, this information appears only to examine the source of the views of the originator of the statement “Ignorance is bliss” and also to examine how much truth this statement actually has.
After all, this is one of those sayings that “everybody knows” as if it were a fact.
Regardless of his life circumstances and outlook, just going by Gray’s statement alone, it clearly shows that he was (1) without bliss, and, by extension (2) claiming to know what “reality” actually was – after all, if one is aware of ignorance being blissful then they cannot be ignorant. This coming from a man who, despite having few friends and living in an abstract world, shared little reality with others (that is to say, he found little to no agreement).
That he enforced his view of reality onto others, using covertly hostile methods to drag others down with the statement “Ignorance is bliss”, is something totally predictable at this emotional band.
In other words, according to Gray, happy people are that way because they are ignorant and by extension are either delusional or stupid, as he even refers to his youth in this way. Of course, when one uses the ARC triangle again, this falls apart as it makes no sense.
For someone to have a blissful disposition (a high affinity) and yet be somehow ignorant, (that is, without much or any knowledge of the world or others, or at least lacks understanding of either), would mean that they must by definition be out of communication with others.
Aside from suggesting a huge level of cognitive dissonance, this also seems impossible as one would have to know that they are lying to themselves in order for this argument to hold up, but then of course they can no longer be ignorant nor blissful.