Sounds crazy in this age of information, but may be that’s true. For me apparently ignorance is bliss because not knowing something these days is often more comfortable than knowing it. What I am going to share is not some another soothing philosophy of life but it is about the great dilemma I’m going through these days.
Few days back, I was reading the news paper with a glass of water in my hand; before I could have satisfied my thirst my eyes got fixed on one such headline. The headline screamed: “Most Water Purifiers don’t remove viruses: Study”. Still holding on to the glass of purified water I read on that: only 2 out of 8 Indian Brands pass NIV (National Institute of Virology) test. By now the innocuous looking glass of water descended on the table and I frantically searched for my brand of purifier among the 2 out of the eight, and cried foul as there were no brand names. I forgot that glass of water, in fact I was not thirsty any more and as I was staring into thin air with hallucinations of virus floating in crystal clear water. Meanwhile came my husband and emptied the glass in one go, before I could speak a word. Without saying much I pointed the ominous headline. He simply shrugged it off saying, we will investigate if we have any stomach infection tomorrow, leaving me more paranoid.
The story does not end here, I’m sure there are many others like me who get fits of paranoia when in news papers , television , internet one goes through disturbing news like:
Green vegetables and fruits which are important for growth and immunity can actually make you sick because of excessive use of pesticides.
Studies have found that the indiscriminate use of oxytocin injections to increase yield and size of vegetables has been causing health hazards.
The honey you are eating is laced with antibiotics. Cows are injected to produce more milk and production of synthetic Milk & khoya is rampant, which suddenly transform simple things for human consumption into something virulent.
Especially mothers like me are really concerned, however, not just because of the nature of the information, but the way they are passed on to us through media.
When I was a child I used to eat many fruits/vegetables without fear, but, it’s not the same with my children. In fact, I myself remain sceptical about lots of things as far as their consumption is concerned. We are now so much scared of all possible infections and diseases that nutritious value has taken the back seat. I wonder whom to blame for this?
I introspected, if that was not enough then, there are new breeds of easily acquirable diseases like Swine flue, Dengue and Chicken guinea to take precaution against. With so much of uncertainty around, people have stopped living in the present and our constantly under fear and in extreme cases unknowingly slip into psychological disorder.
So fellow readers its high time we mutate into a super bug and become immune to all kind of insidious news and live happily ever after or practice the golden principle of happiness: Ignorance is bliss.