"Of all the frictional resistance, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called "the greatest evil in the world." The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent." [Nikola Tesla]
I enter upon the subject with the deepest sense of my own inability to do justice in any measure to the grandeur of the topic; but I trust that my remarks may prove suggestive to others of far higher truths. They are the result of the leisure hours of nearly fifty years, during which the conviction has ever deepened, that "philosophy of the natural kind does but push man's ignorance farther back," and that, in the concluding words of Sir John Lubbock's inaugural address to the British Association at York in 1881, "the great lesson which Science teaches is, how little we yet know, and how much we have still to learn." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Introduction2 - Harmonies, page 10]
It seems desirable that I should briefly state my entire ignorance of natural science, and that what I do know has been gained without technical knowledge, with the determination that imagination should not interfere with strict investigation. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, General Remarks on Harmonies of Tones and Colours, page 12]
With our present powers the darkness of ignorance is ever groping after the light of knowledge. If the field is so vast when we merely attempt to harmonise the laws which regulate the visible creation, it widens indefinitely when we attempt to harmonise, by the same laws, Creation with the Scriptures. "God is light," and with His Holy Spirit for our teacher, every line of His word instructs us; "like the ocean, the word remains essentially the same, while the light never plays upon its surface without deepening and varying its hues." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Reflections on the Scheme1, page 43]
"The real animating power of knowledge fills us with wonder and joy; a joy for which, observe, ignorance is just as necessary as the present knowledge. The man is always happy who is in the presence of something which he cannot know to the full, which he is always going on to know. This is the necessary condition of finite creatures with divinely rooted and divinely directed intelligence; this, therefore, its happy state—but observe, a state not of triumph or joy in what he knows, but of joy rather in the continual discovery of new ignorance, continual self-abasement, continual astonishment."—Ruskin. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Reflections on the Scheme2, page 44]
"Science and Revelation are mutually, though gradually, clearing each other; but as a little warmth of the rising sun only calls up the very mists which are to be dissipated by its more powerful shining, so a vague and chilling popular unbelief is to be dispelled, not by withholding knowledge, but by shedding abroad all possible light. Christianity has one most dangerous mental foe, and that is ignorance." Ignorance is the parent of Atheism; but we should carefully distinguish between "sinful doubt" and candid inquiry, the former of which generally arises from a too great love of, and belief in, our own mental powers. [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Reflections on the Scheme3, page 45]
I gladly confess that my ruling wish has been to feel my own ignorance deeply, and to trust to the Divine Teacher that my eyes might be opened to see more and more the wonders which may be drawn from the Scriptures, when scientific minds are led to the belief that Creation and Revelation explain each other. As this conviction gains ground, scientific truths will make a more rapid progress, and "the generalisation of Science will no longer be doubtful, but assured." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Reflections on the Scheme4, page 46]
Ludwig von Mises
Ignorance is a mental state lacking full knowledge or awareness. One can be intelligent yet lack awareness on any given topic. Ignorance can be cured by study with an open mind. A closed or made-up mind, then, preserves ignorance. Belief systems, composed of beliefs, opinions, dogma and doctrine, are all fixed knowledge and not open to more awareness and expanded knowledge.
Examples of locked-in Belief Systems are religion, political correctness, traditions, habits, dogmatic (peer reviewed) science, political party platforms, 'modern' school curricula, political correctness, unquestioning obedience to unelected authority, rigid rules and regulations, job descriptions, rule sets, etc.
"Men are fighting... because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being." [Ludwig von Mises]
Rosicrucian Order AMORC
"More than ever, it is time now for us to move from religiosity to spirituality, which means replacing the sole belief in God with the knowledge of divine laws - that is, universal, natural, and spiritual laws. The well-being we seek, including on a material plane, is to be found in this knowledge and in the wisdom that ensues. An ancient Rosicrucian adage says, It is from ignorance and ignorance alone that humans must free themselves. It is indeed at the origin of the worst things a person can do to oneself, to others, and to one's environment. It is also the source of different superstitions that demean humanity and prevent it from finding complete fulfillment. So give a spiritual direction to your life. In other words, do not be just a living thing, be a living soul." [Manifesto Appellatio, Rosicrucian Order AMORC]