“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” [Ecclesiastes 1:18]
There is an interesting paradox found within that verse. Not many people would argue with that sentiment, yet it would be a pretty safe wager to bet that most of the same people who agree with that verse are daily opting for the sorrow of knowing over the bliss of ignorance.
Further confusing things in my own case are two recent situations where I was presented with a choice of whether or not to dispense knowledge in order to dissuade someone from an illusion that they were living under.
In the first case, I let loose with the information. They were under one impression of things, and I quickly let them know that they were sadly mistaken. I almost immediately felt bad about it.
In the second instance, I kept my mouth shut. I let the person keep their illusion intact, let the lie continue to perpetuate itself, and I strangely felt like that was the right decision.
I have a hard time determining whether there really is merit in allowing a bubble to remain unburst, or if I just dislike being the bearer of bad news.
Being the glutton for sorrow that I apparently am, I was hoping that I could get some feedback in the comments to help me in increasing my knowledge.