Environment Miscellaneous

Blissful Ignorance

I had this crazy dream….

It was a warm day. Overcast and shady. I was swimming in a long canal. Very relaxed, serene and peaceful. I was unaware of anything except feeling free while I effortlessly enjoyed the water. It truly was magnificent.

Suddenly, the clouds departed and the sun shone brightly.

Down into the depths of the water I was seeing things I didn’t see before.

Broken bottles with sharp edges, ragged aluminum cans, dirty needles, unidentifiable slimy creatures and an assortment of other filthy debris floating all around me in every direction.

I panicked in the realization of this disgusting waste drifting around next to me, under me, smothering me. Fearful of the harm it would cause me. Cutting me open, skin bleeding, open wounds infected.

Now that I could truly see, now that it affected me, I was scared… All I wanted to do was get the hell out of the water.

In desperation, I frantically tried to find the water’s edge so I could climb out…

When I finally reached the safety of the ground, I couldn’t help realize a thought:  “Is ignorance indeed bliss?”

Cheryl Hahn is the President and Founder of Organic Comfort Zone, manufacturers of CozyPure® organic mattresses and bedding and Tomorrow’s World, one of America’s first green-living stores.