According to my new friend, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Ignorance is the lack of knowledge or understanding about a particular subject.
But there are three types of ignorance.
The first one is totally innocent. It is just a lack of awareness of a situation or fact. The “you don’t know what you don’t know” That’s nobody’s fault, most of the time.
Then there is the type of ignorance that may be our fault, were we have seen things, a thousand times, but we just don’t have the interest in learning more. This is more like “we know what we don’t know”.
For example, a seamstress or tailor would be likely to know about “shank buttons”, as well as fashion designers and other people who work with clothing and accessories. But not us.
A shank button is a type of button that has a small loop or extension on the back, called a shank, instead of the usual holes or loops for attaching it to a garment. The shank allows the button to be attached to the garment without the need for threading, making it easy to put on and take off. It is often used on heavier fabrics where regular buttons might not be sturdy enough, and can also be used for decorative purposes.
Then there is the worst type, when we are stubborn, and we don’t want to learn something new, because it makes us feel uncomfortable or goes against our beliefs. This type of ignorance, is definitely our fault.