Ignorance can be a strength. The statement sounds absurd, after all, doesn’t power exploit ignorance, and doesn’t ignorance stand in the way of progress? Perhaps, but there’s something paradoxical about it.
Ignorance doesn’t presuppose and certainly lacks the knowledge to be overly cautious, and all progress starts with an acknowledgement of ignorance. I wonder if that wasn’t what Mark Twain had in mind when he said:
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”
In many areas of London the graffitti is simply unimaginative, unconscious and litter-like. It does nothing to fuel life. Then you walk through areas like Brixton and Shoreditch and are greeted by a wild creativity filling walls and spaces with inspirational beauty. No egos here; the artists are content with obscurity making their art that more special.