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Perspectives: What Don't You Know? - What I Don't Know Doesn't Hurt Me

Updated on November 1, 2020
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Until you know yourself and what you want out of life, you can't truly be there for others. Know and be true to yourself.

Shall We Begin?

MickeySr. began this series back in October of 2012. The additional members of the team are myself, Docmo, Martie and Maria. Our goal is to speak our piece and see how others respond. Each month we invite a guest writer. This month we are pleased to welcome Vicki and her perspective.

Without further ado, here is my perspective on this month's issue:

What Don't You Know?

Our Godfather of the Perspectives Team gave us some food for thought for this month’s theme. It is a quote by Hugo DeGroot and it goes like this: “Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom”. Mickey then followed that with a question he posed to us: “Of what subjects are you ignorant?”

Well, folks I’m afraid I can’t answer that question and stay within the rules set by MAW (maximum allowable words), so I will venture forth with what has been one of my mantras for my entire adult life and that is:

What I Don’t Know Doesn’t Hurt Me

What’s that you say? Some of you may call me an ostrich with my head stuck in the sand, but to be honest, what I don’t know doesn’t hurt me.

I don’t know how to shoot a gun because I don’t live in fear, therefore I don’t need to know how to shoot a gun, nor do I have any desire to learn. I hate guns. They scare me. Not the supposed need for them, but the cold steel deadly weapons themselves scare me. That may sound like a contradiction, but it's not. If I owned a gun, I would live in fear for the mere reason that I own a gun because I anticipate having to use it.

If I'm confusing you, read on and perhaps you'll understand my reasoning.

Think of an animal that senses your fear. He will protect himself through aggression when he smells your fear. By the same token, if I don’t keep my home stocked with deadly weapons, I will not have the need to use them against attackers who sense my fear. So far this philosophy has worked for me. I’m still alive, have a home I feel safe in and see life through (proverbial) rose-colored glasses. There is no hate or fear when I look through those glasses. I’ve passed out a few virtual pairs to my dear Hubbers who have asked for them. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send a pair your way!

My rose-colored glasses turn my blue eyes purple, which is my favorite color. It’s a color of passion and that’s how I live my life. I’m passionate for what I do know, even if it’s not pretty. I’m passionate for our soldiers. I’m passionate about dreams and reaching for them. I’m passionate about being the best mother and mentor I can be. I’m passionate about reaching out for those who need a hug, a heart, a shoulder, an ear. I try to reap what I sow and do what I can to help.

I’m passionate about Life and what I don’t know doesn’t hurt me.

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I wrote a short story at my brother's request based on this painting.  Notice the colors he chose.Bridge to the Dream.  I wrote a poem to go with this painting, again at my brother's request."Faith""In Through Costa""Chameleon"
I wrote a short story at my brother's request based on this painting.  Notice the colors he chose.
I wrote a short story at my brother's request based on this painting. Notice the colors he chose. | Source
Bridge to the Dream.  I wrote a poem to go with this painting, again at my brother's request.
Bridge to the Dream. I wrote a poem to go with this painting, again at my brother's request. | Source
"Faith" | Source
"In Through Costa"
"In Through Costa" | Source
"Chameleon" | Source

I Have More to Say

I don’t know why the sky is blue or the grass is green (ok, I know why the grass is green) or why birds chirp and some people can’t sing.

Not knowing those things doesn’t hurt me.

My brother is color blind, yet that doesn’t stop him from being an artist. He sees colors in hues and the emotions they elicit. He sees color with his heart. I would venture to say he sees colors more clearly than you and I. Take a look at some of his paintings and look deeply. You will see images within images and color combinations that make you think. His paintings and sculptures have sold for hundreds of dollars. He’s been featured in art shows and has given a lecture on artistry for the color blind. My brother was featured in an article in a local newspaper as "hearing color". I know my brother. He doesn't hear color, he feels color. He's an amazing artist who doesn't let the fact that he doesn't see things as you and I stop him. He sees life as a palette and everything in life can be made beautiful.

You see, what he doesn’t know doesn’t hurt him.

I refuse to watch the news because the talking heads have nothing good to say. There is so much good that goes on in the world, but they choose to not talk about that. I hear my mother’s voice: “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all”.

I refuse to live in fear or feel guilty because I’m not repressed. Yes, there is a multitude of people in the world who are repressed, but I can’t be a shoulder to them all. Conversely, there is a multitude of people in the world who celebrate life as if there will be no tomorrow. That’s how I choose to live.

What I don’t know doesn’t hurt me.

I won’t go on longer than I need to in order to make my point. You either get it or you don’t. Life is hard but life is beautiful. It’s what you make of it.

What I don’t know doesn’t hurt me.

What I don't know doesn't hurt me!
What I don't know doesn't hurt me! | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Shauna L Bowling


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    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      21 months ago from Central Florida

      Padi-Kay, you have no idea how much I appreciate you visiting this article and my heart-felt words. This is the second time today one of my old posts has received a comment. There must be something in the cards.

      My rose-colored glasses have kept me alive. They've kept me from becoming downtrodden by what has happened to me or to the world around me. As long as I wear them, life has a future.

      Thank you for finding this post and giving it the worth I intended.

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      Patricia Scott 

      21 months ago from North Central Florida

      Very well said. I have some of those same glasses myself. many have called me Pollyanna because of how I view the world. It is just how I roll. thank you for sharing this. Angels are headed your way ps

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, what is Synesthesia? My brother is actually color blind, yet is an artist. It's interesting to see the colors he chooses in his work, especially the ones that are almost indiscernible to those of us who see color.

      I'm sorry you were treated as you were when you were young. Children can be very cruel to those they don't understand. Adults too, for that matter.

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You have a very refreshing outlook on life, keep it like that. People who live in fear very often attract the very thing they fear. You wrote that you brother is "hearing color". Believe me when I read that I thought of my childhood. Colors do have a sound and feelings! During the fifties my schooldays were filled with traumatic experiences. Apart from my dyslexia nobody would believe me when I tried to share why some people their spoken names clashed with... but I could never explain what these sounds or colors clashed with. I was told that my terrific imagination would get me into trouble, so I stopped talking and became rebellious. I suspect that your brother has Synesthesia. That word did nor exist when I was young.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      You made me chuckle, Crafty. I love your last line!

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      7 years ago

      I'm ignorantly blissful. I rarely turn on the news. It hurts my head and clutters my view. I think it's funny how many people view the sky as gray when it's perfectly blue with white fluffy clouds. The glass is never half-full because I keep refilling it! :D

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, if only I looked like her! I feel more like a beached whale!!

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      8 years ago

      When Shauna - we got all wet you and I , lol, and it was like that scene out of that movie - From Here to Eternity - on the beach with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, it was wonderful , lol

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovedoctor, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels as I do about guns. Thanx for stopping by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Epi, I'm ready for the water! Your words warm my heart. Enjoy your day!

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      8 years ago

      I agree with your perspective on guns and weapons. A very good analysis. I share your views.

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      8 years ago

      Well my dear Shauna I would like you to know then that your comforting and reassuring words yesterday in a reply to me were very well received by this man. For the lack of any family that I have in my 'physical' life I know I do have one here at the Hub because of their sincerity, love and support - it's been the best writing experience of my life and I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet awesome writers and thinkers like yourself and also just decent people who care and love for each other.

      Thank you once again for being in my life Shauna and thank you for inspiring me with your own thoughts and perspectives here.

      We all like to hear good and positive things and I am of the persuasion that 'if you have nothing good to say than say nothing at all.'

      Just awoke from night shift sleep with first cup of coffee and some Vivaldi to kick start the day - very humid so I think I will take you into the lake with me for a quick dip, lol , well, what do you say? lol

      Warm wishes and good thoughts from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 12:19pm canada

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Jo, you are so right. Life is not always what we perceive. We live our lives within our own perspective and, hopefully, it's one of good, joy, love, compassion and understanding.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      A very interesting article, I loved the painting, and was about to say especially the first and the last, but I also like the water fall; your brother is indeed talented.

      About perspective, we each adopt our own perspective in life, there are those who must know everything, ready for all eventualities, as the type A personality ulcer burns inside them. I think I'm somewhere between 'what I don't know won't hurt me' and the type A personality, something's I need to know, but I choose how much I take on. I prefer to see the best in people.

      If I can't say something good about someone I would rather say nothing; there is enough pain in the world, why cause more ? However, perspective can change as we see the bigger picture, life is not always what we perceives.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Me, too DJ. But who has the time??

      Hugs and kisses, Leslie! Muuuaaaah!

      Pamela, thank you for your comment. I try to be firm in my beliefs - it gives me the ability to see all the beauty in life. I'm glad you enjoyed my brother's paintings. I might be just a tad biased, but I think he's hugely talented!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoyed your hub immensely. You seem to have a firm stand on what you believe and live to that standard. I thought your pictures did great justice to the tone of your writing. Very interesting and excellent hub.

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      Karen Silverman 

      8 years ago

      i do know that, sweetie - and adore you all the more for it..

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      DJ Anderson 

      8 years ago

      Great write, Shauna.

      I could write volumes on the things that I don't know!!!!


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy, thank you for taking the time to read. I know you're going thru a hard time, which makes me appreciate your strength even more! I love you my dear friend from across the pond!

      Leslie, I did what any friend would do for a friend. You might be thousands of miles away from me, but you live in my heart. I think (I hope) you know that!

      Don't clone me. You'll confuse me - I won't know which one of us is me! Tee hee!

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      Karen Silverman 

      8 years ago

      i adore your rose-colored-glasses 'perspective', dear friend!

      I have very personally experienced a Shauna 'HUGGGG' - and - it did wonders to boost both courage and calm...(Thank you dear!)...

      i also believe in good dose of turning the other cheek to fear - and living as if every day were the last..

      i don't want to call it 'ignorance' - because we are both FAR from ignorant..Rather - i call it a conscience choice to live free of fear and limits and to live instead with love and compassion!

      if i could clone you - i would!

      up and onxx

      ps...beautiful paintings..

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      8 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Shauna;thank you for sharing and I vote up.


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, I'm so glad you agree with me. Life is short. There's a lot I don't know and a lot I don't care to know. Thanx for sharing. That's quite a compliment!

      Rosemay, you're right. We each have our own perspective. That's what makes us unique and life interesting!

      Martin, I like your choice!

      Rasma, welcome to the world of rose-colored glasses. Say 'hi' to your neighbors for me! :-)

      Doc, thank you so much. I love your perspective on my perspective. Now, I've got to go read yours. I'm behind in my reading - again!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      How wonderful. Its amazing how we have approached perceptions and reality through the mirror of 'what you don't know'. You know I've always liked your rose tinted glasses. I'd colour my perceptions anytime if it leads to inner peace and sanity. You are right about not cluttering one's thoughts with fear and loathing. Just like your brother whose lack of color perception doesn't interfere with his art- our chosen outlook doesn't interfere with a life well lived. Awesome!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Shauna wonderful outlook on this subject. Never will hurt anyone not knowing something and you can't know everything. I too would rather look at the world through rose colored glasses and I always see it in a swirl of colors. Your brother's work is great. I've always believed that a great deal of colors are also in the mind therefore your brother lacks for nothing he can imagine it all just fine. I believe that pic of the three monkeys is a shot of my closest neighbors they usually don't want to see, hear or say anything. Hugs and passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't know how to approach this. Don't get me wrong, I really like your article. But now being an official senior citizen "age does have its privilege." Hence I choose to simply smile.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your perspective.

      I totally agree 'what we don't know doesn't hurt us'. I don't read the newspapers because I know there will be very little 'good' news.

      I love your brother's artwork, and no doubt each of us will see something different in them, we don't know what was in your brother's mind, just what is translated to our eyes.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Sha,

      I am with you 100% on this one . . . what I don't know won't hurt me!!! Hey, I am all for that concept. Thank goodness, and I am of the same mindset that there really may not be a tomorrow, so we must live in this day, this present time, and celebrate and love each other like there is no tomorrow! It's always good to tell another how much one loves that person for that very reason . . . they may not be in our life when tomorrow comes.

      I really enjoyed reading your perspective about what you don't know, and I don't know either, and that is just fine, isn't it! Actually, it is better than just fine, it is great, no doubt! Love the beautiful art you have shared.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, you're too kind. I appreciate your thoughts and for stopping by!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Nell, you mirrored my mindset perfectly. I really don't want to know all that goes on in the world. I can't all of it and I certainly will not allow the knowledge of what's out there to break me. As far as I'm concerned, it's all on a need-to-know basis.

      Rod, thanx for your comment. I, too love my brother's piece "Chameleon". I took it off his website. It's for sale, by the way!

      So, Maria's the one to blame for this confounded topic??? Lordy Goshen, she had my head spinning there for a while. I'll have to whip her with a wet noodle!

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      Anna Haven 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I don't watch the news either, it doesn't share anything which will make me happier or more able to help anyone else. Thankfully we don't really have guns where I live, if we did I would feel like you do.

      Thankyou for an interesting article, which after seeing your brother's work as well confirms artistic talent runs in your family.

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 

      8 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Beautiful, bravewarrior! I feel the same way about guns and I stopped watching the news years ago.

      Love your brother's art. I don't get into abstracts much, but I am in love with "Chameleon". It looks delicious!

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      8 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      . . . yes, all, I feel I should insert an apology at the beginning of my own hub - this month's topic was not my idea at all, it was Maria's. She has several more coming up that she suggested, and please, if anyone has anything idea for something they'd like to read or join us and write about in the 'Perspectives:' series, by all means contact us with your suggestions.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, I'm so glad to hear that. Sometimes I wonder about the perspective I take. I'm glad you like my brother's artwork. I try to feature him whenever I can. I'm very proud of him.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna, great perspective!

      Whether or not we admit it, we all choose what we will consider and acknowledge. If we could recognize ALL knowlables, we'd go stark-raving mad. There is too much to even comprehend as a whole, much less in its individual parts, which are ever-changing besides. We choose to ignore what we deem useless or inapplicable, too frightening and incurable, too ugly or too beautiful to allow to occupy our attention and thought.

      Life is selective. When I stop to think about what-all is going on downtown, or in Cambodia or next door - any of which I have no partial or full knowledge, I realize how much is 'out there' which I either have no access to knowing, have no need of knowing, or it just doesn't rise to the top of my priority list of things I need to consider at the moment.

      In this age of such 'instant news' and information, it can even become problematic to keep one's own mental canvas clear enough to process and follow up those things most important to oneself. Fact is - we have no reason to know everything and it's sensible to realize that and select accordingly.

      So I applaud your realization that 'what you don't know doesn't hurt you." Like any intelligent person, if and when something you'd not chosen to know becomes important for you to know, you would find out about it. That's good subjective perspective/ie: reality. Hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      What a simply sublime perspective...your style, mindset and philosophy are so refreshing and positive to me.

      I also love any opportunity to see your brother's talent, merged with yours. You are an awesome team of creativity and inspiration.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, you're a woman after my own heart. I'm glad to know there's someone else like me out there who doesn't mind not knowing what I don't know!

      Vicki, I'm so glad you joined us this month. Thank you for your comment. You've put a smile on my face. I'll just pretend I don't know I'm gaining more laugh lines. Wait a minute - laugh lines are good, right? :-)

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      8 years ago

      Love your writing style, and your views on life are close to mine. I also think guns should be completely unnecessary, and the OFF button is the best one for news. Your brother's work is amazing, and so is yours. So glad you've made me realize the world is full of things I don't know - it gives me lots of scope!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Shauna, I feel exactly the same about guns....

      And how I hate the daily news. If I listen to a news bulletin first thing in the morning, I am upset for the rest of the day.

      We really do not want to know everything there is to know on this planet. I prefer to be blind and deaf for all that is bad in this world. In particularly the bad I cannot change. So call me an ostrich!

      Your brother's paintings are beautiful!

      BTW - Mickey was not the brain behind this topic. It was no one else but our dear marcoujor, and go figure, I have sent her a message: "Who's damn idea was this? I DO NOT KNOW anything about what I don't know."

      Take care, Shauna, and enjoy not knowing anything you don't want to know :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Sheri, I read this to my brother before I posted it. He said my take on how he perceives color is right on. He was actually quite pissed that the paper stated he "hears" color. WTF?

      Bill, I agree. We always have something to learn otherwise life has no meaningful purpose!

      Mickey, your response is not only educational but quite interesting. I'm glad I finally caught on! Seriously, whether you realize it or not, you've paid me quite a compliment. Thank you!

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      8 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      "I don’t know why the sky is blue or the grass is green"

      Actually, the sky is not blue and the grass is not green - nothing is any real color at all . . . color happens in our eyes, it's how our eyes see the molecular structure of things, the things themselves have no color. That's why your brother (color blind) sees colors differently - the grass is just the same substance for you and for him but your eyes process it differently.

      I say all this because this is exactly how I came to suggest to all of us the idea of this 'Perspectives:' series. I was trying to explain this to a friend (that color is in the wavelengths that each material item, every molecular structure, emits and not in the thing itself, and so color actually happens in the eye, the grass is blank) and it came to me to enlist you lot to share our perspectives on the same theme, from month to month - the topic each month is what it is, but how do we as individuals perceive it, etc.

      So, Shauna, you've not only addressed this month's theme in particular, you've written about the very concept of our 'Perspectives:' experiment.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely artwork and words of wisdom. The fact that I don't know many things just means my lifetime of learning will continue. :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      8 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Very well said. Ignorance truly is bliss. I love what you said about guns. And I love your take on your color blind brothers art, that he feels color. Great hub!


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