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The Bliss of Ignorance

The Bliss of Ignorance [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan X Turner
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    It’s rare to find a book that is so shocking in its revelation and yet so consoling at the same time.

    Turner takes us on a trip of discovery as he revisits the line of reasoning that brought him to a recognition of his basic ignorance. He describes in methodical detail how he came to realize that he simply had no idea what he was. In doing so, he challenges our most fundamental ideas about ourselves and reveals our inability to attain any certainty in our search for absolute truth.

    The author goes on to describe the blissful life of one who no longer has any delusions about what they know and explains how much simpler and more joyful life suddenly becomes when the obsessive search for truth is abandoned.

    This is not a book of worthy but tedious ramblings about abstract philosophical ideas with no connection to everyday life. It is the expression of a radical viewpoint that pushes us towards a transformation in the way that we view our very being and the apparent lives that we live.

    If this compelling book fails to shock and intoxicate the reader, it is most likely because its implications have not been fully understood. This work has the potential to overthrow a lifetime of conditioning, to liberate the mind from its shackles and to point the way towards the end of suffering.

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    • Language: English
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Special 5 Jun 2014
    By Siskar
    This book thoroughly irritated me in the beginning as I thought it was a form of nihilism and seeing ignorance as something to be embraced. Or worse still, a kind of New Age platitude to find a safe place within to avoid the realities of this world in favour of naval gazing. Well, big assumption on my part, highlighting my own latent beliefs and judgements.

    It was only by Chapter 5 that I saw where he was really going with it.

    It is extremely well thought out and intelligent book designed to break down the scourge of belief systems currently poisoning the potential lying within us all.

    He differentiates between a form of addictive, obsessive need to find the Truth and a healthy quest for knowledge which incorporates the idea that truth is indeed relative and no absolute truth is possible to find. It is here that acceptance and surrender ushers in true freedom from suffering whilst encouraging service to others. Our relentless journey to fill ourselves up with theories and beliefs only causes suffering and judgment and letting go of all this inevitably creates peace within. Does it sound obvious? well, maybe but the devil is in the details.

    Non-identification with beliefs and our own habitual need for self-importance is displaced in favour of the fact that WE DO NOT KNOW at this level of existence. What we can know is that we exist. So, what are we going to do with that fact? The first step is to let go and stop this relentless expansion to know based on our own conditioning. Stop. Pause and trust the mystery of which we are part.

    The only truth is that we know nothing.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good 17 Dec 2013
    By Tariki
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    This comes across as a modern day "Discourse on Method" (Descartes). Rightly or wrongly I am sceptical of the freebies or 77pence books that offer instant answers or a "quickie" as far as enlightenment is concerned. But this is well worth reading, following the words with our hearts and minds. Thank you Mr Turner, whoever you are.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    An irresistible and revealing book for the very open-minded reader. If you're ready to drop your ideas about who and what you are, this short book will take you to places far beyond your wildest imagination.
    A fantastic read.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "I am that" is feeble by comparison 3 Oct 2011
    `The Bliss of Ignorance' is quite simply an astounding little book that has left my senses reeling. When you begin to read you feel as if you've been thrown into the depths of a raging whirlpool that is the mind of a madman. Turner makes no concessions to conventional common sense ideas about the nature of the world and the person that you appear to be; rather he follows his own vision as he meticulously deconstructs our most basic ideas about what we are. Though the conclusions that the author rapidly reaches are radical, it's hard to find fault with the logic of his argument. By the middle of the second chapter I found that I'd been thoroughly seduced by his extreme world view (or lack of it) and from then on the rest of the book flowed by easily as I was compelled to stare my own inherent ignorance in the face.
    The second part of the book becomes more practical as Turner talks about the way that we might continue functioning in the world after the revelation that we don't even know what that world is. In fact, he suggests that life becomes infinitely more pleasant when we are able to recognize the truth of our ignorance.
    Even though this is a work of philosophy, Turner has done an extremely admirable job in writing it in an very accessible form. The style is always engaging and clear and it avoids unnecessary philosophical complication. I was thoroughly absorbed during the couple of hours that it took me to read it.
    This is an incredibly revealing and insightful book. Though challenging in its early stages, it has an extraordinary impact that few books can rival as it manages to put all human knowledge - philosophical speculation, spiritual enquiry, science and everyday common sense - into the correct perspective.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars simple and effective 13 July 2014
    By juleee
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    This really resonates, definitely worth the read. The author has cut through all of the spiritual stuff and all that's left is the 'is ness of 'I exist'.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air 13 July 2014
    By Ms K.
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    If even half the world consciously lived from this bliss of ignorance, using a basic philanthropic code of conduct ....
    So good to know others out there feel this way - it's hard but it's also blissful - living a juicy paradox!
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    States the question,but not the answer.Read J.Khrishnamurti but still no answer.At least he seemed to get the bliss.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Well written - Might (or might not) be helpful 22 Jun 2014
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    Mmmm - I (if I am an individual) have never (as far as I know), wrestled in the same way as Jonathan Turner, with the meaning of my existence and the reality or otherwise of being a person on a trajectory from birth to death. At times it has crossed my mind that I might be a simulation in a cosmic computer game, or that I might wake up each day being a totally different person. But that is about as far as I have got. Nevertheless, Jonathan gives a good argument about how we can never know the truth about our own existence, about the existence of others or the existence and workings of the world in general. So, according to his philosophy all our notions about our existence etc. are beliefs (predicated on "consciousness" and we have no idea what that is)... beliefs which we need to give up or suspend in order to live at peace, without anxiety. We need to act and respond in the present experience of ourselves as entities perceiving now, and act (non judgementally) to do the best for other perceived entities and for our own health and wellbeing. Sounds good. However, he argues, to be able to function in our perceived world we need to behave "as if" some of these beliefs are true without actually believing them. Not sure I can get my head around this but I will certainly give it some thought (actually I may not be able to trust my own thought as it is mysterious as the rest of me). Seriously, I will read this book again and ponder on it, as it feels as though it might contain some grains of helpfulness.
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